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5 hours ago · Sepsis: A team response to a potential killer
Our bodies are very good at fighting infection. The immune system reacts and attacks bacteria and viruses that make us sick. But sometimes the immune reaction is so strong that it damages the body. This is called a septic reaction or sepsis, and the mortality rate associated with it can be high. In fact, a new study suggests that sepsis is responsible for 20 percent of all deaths worldwide. That’s more deaths than are attributed to cancer. At Mayo Clinic, doctors like Kannan Ramar, M.B.B.S., M.D., are trying to change that with a sepsis response team in intensive care units. Their goal: to stop sepsis and save lives.
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“Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication related to an infection.” Dr. Ramar says every year, close to three-quarters of a million people in the U.S. develop a septic reaction. It happens when an infection prompts the immune system to kick into overdrive, causing problems such as kidney failure, liver failure, severe drops in blood pressure and even death. “It becomes very important that this is recognized early.” That’s because the death rate can be very high. Up to 75% for people who develop sepsis at home and up to 25% for those who get it in the hospital. “It’s similar to treating a heart attack or a stroke, where you have a very short window within which you take the necessary steps to prevent significant damage from happening down the road. It’s a big multidisciplinary approach to do this, and so all members of the ICU team are actively involved to get this aggressive resuscitation going and to get all the things done. We follow what we call the Surviving Sepsis Resuscitation Guidelines.” Methods of best practice developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine to ensure the best possible treatment for patients. “If the necessary things are done, then the mortality drops down dramatically.”
By following the best practice guidelines, Dr. Ramar says the sepsis response team has made Mayo Clinic’s Medical ICU a leader in successful sepsis treatment. Who’s at risk for developing sepsis? Dr. Ramar says it can happen to anybody, but people whose immune systems are compromised and those with diseases such as diabetes are at increased risk. He also says, signs of infection you should take seriously include persistent fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, confusion and worsening condition. If you experience these things, see your health care provider or seek emergency medical care.
6 hours ago · HALT before you snack: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
During a busy day, a healthy snack can calm hunger, provide energy and reduce the chances you’ll eat less nutritious foods. But, before reaching for the next snack, ask yourself an important question. Do you really need a snack?
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As root vegetables go, potatoes and carrots are the safe picks at the farmers market. But don’t overlook the beets. As we learn in this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, those colorful bulbs are full of nutrients, and preparing them may be easier than you think.
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4 days ago · Pain management for older adults: Mayo Clinic Radio
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Brandon Verdoorn, a Mayo Clinic geriatrician, will discuss pain management for older adults. Also on the program, Dr. David Dodick, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, will explain when it is safe to return to play after a concussion. Then, Dr. Miriam (Priya) Alexander, a Mayo Clinic pathologist, and statistician Dr. Byron Smith will explain how Mayo Clinic researchers created a deep learning program to read kidney biopsies faster. And Dr. Anna Bartoo and Dr. Heidi Finnes, Mayo Clinic pharmacists, will discuss the work done by research pharmacists to prepare medications for clinical trials.
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Fri, Jan 10 9:30am · Wrist injury study: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
Wrist injuries are a fairly common complaint. Often, the problem isn’t a broken bone, but a ligament issue. In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr Sanj Kakar describes how researchers are studying ways to better diagnose and treat these injuries.
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