When to watch for sepsis: 4 infections, 3 bacteria commonly associated with sepsis

Sepsis is notoriously difficult to recognize, but a Vital Signs report released by the CDC Tuesday lays out common sepsis risk factors, including types of infection most often associated with sepsis and the germs that lead to sepsis most often.

Common risk factors include:

  • Being 65 years old and older or younger than 1 year
  • Having a weakened immune system
  • Having a chronic medical condition like diabetes

The four types of infections that lead to sepsis most often are:

  • Lung
  • Urinary tract
  • Skin
  • Gut

And finally, common germs that cause sepsis are:

  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • E. coli
  • Types of Streptococcus

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