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Sepsis 101: The Causes and Concerns Of This Potentially Deadly Condition

This micrograph shows a strain of E. coli , one of the germs that can cause sepsis.
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CDC/Associated Press
This micrograph shows a strain of E. coli , one of the germs that can cause sepsis.

Friday, Sept. 13 is World Sepsis Day. And while half of the world might be wondering why there's a World Sepsis Day, the other half is asking, "What is sepsis?" It's probably important to know that, globally, sepsis affects about 30 million people a year, killing between 6 and 9 million of them.

Dr. Rick Hildebrant, medical director of hospital medicine at Rutland Regional Medical Center, joined Vermont Edition to explain what this potentially deadly condition is. He shared information on the causes, symptons and treatments of sepsis. He also discussed who's most likely to contract sepsis and what can be done to avoid it.

Broadcast live on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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