1. Medline Plus defines septic shock as ” a serious condition that occurs when an overwhelming infection leads to life-threatening low blood pressure.”
2. It is more often found in patients who are very old or very young.
3. There are a number of risk factors associated with septic shock, including diabetes, leukemia, recent infection and recent use of steroid medications (bodybuilders and over-determined athletes beware of that last one!).
4. The death rate is high, often estimated at between 25% and 50%. In some places, the rate is as high as 70%. (In other words, this is not something you want to mess around with.)
5. It’s also known as bacteremic shock, among other things.
6. There are more than 20,000,000 cases of sepsis worldwide each year.
7. Septic shock is the 13th leading cause of death in the U.S.; it is the #1 cause of death in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in the U.S.
8. 35% of cases derive from urinary tract infections.
9. Cause of death for Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, was septic shock.
10. Respiratory failure, cardiac failure and gangrene are all possible complications associated with septic shock.