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SGMC celebrates national Sepsis awareness month

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - South Georgia Medical center is trying to educate its staff and the general public about Sepsis.

The hospital held an awareness luncheon for hospital staff Wednesday to make sure they knew about Sepsis. Sepsis is when you develop symptoms such as a very low fever or altered mental status that get progressively worse as the result of an infection such as pneumonia or a urinary tract infection, which your body is unable to fight off.

Doctors at SGMC said even though Sepsis a top ten killer in people, many people aren't aware of it. "Sepsis is one of those top ten items," said Dr. Tom Calabro, nursing critical care director at SGMC. "Globally, people die from Sepsis every single day. And that's something we want to combat, because it's somethin' that's very correctable."

You can learn more about the signs and symptoms of Sepsis by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/.

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