Terrebonne General Raises Awareness about Sepsis to Save Lives
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Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) is saving lives by raising awareness about Sepsis during Sepsis Awareness month again this September. Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis takes more lives than opioid overdose, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. As many as 80% of sepsis deaths could be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment. Sepsis remains a public health crisis, taking a life every two minutes in the United States. The key to saving lives is TIME. This acronym stands for: Temperature, Infection, Mental Decline, and Extremely Ill. If any of these signs are present it is urgent to seek medical treatment.
TGMC takes an active stance and saving lives by educating our staff and community. Every patient that comes through our Emergency Department is screened for Sepsis. We prevent possible infections by handwashing and ensuring patients get all recommended vaccines. Our staff knows the signs and is able to act fast if sepsis is suspected. We check our patient’s progress frequently and reassess antibiotic therapy in order to prevent sepsis from occurring. TGMC also urges patients to do their part and get vaccinated, wash hands, care for open wounds, and if prescribed to antibiotics take them properly.
This September TGMC is asking everyone to take TIME to save lives. For every hour treatment is delayed the risk of death increases by as much as 8%. “TGMC is creating awareness by taking every measure possible to put an end to sepsis,” said Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO. “Prevention is the key along with detecting Sepsis early and starting immediate treatment which often is the difference between life and death.”