BCM students raise awareness of sepsis

Oct. 1, 2012

BCM students Alexandra Chang-Graham and Sara Andrabi provide important information about sepsis.
BCM students Alexandra Chang-Graham and Sara Andrabi provide important information about sepsis.

The Texas College of Emergency Physicians Medical Student Committee at Baylor College of Medicine led the way for BCM in raising awareness of a potentially life-threatening medical complication known as sepsis.

"Minutes Matter," a World Sepsis Day recognition event, was held Sept. 13 at the John P. McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons to promote sepsis awareness and education.

Sara Andrabi, a member of the TCEP Medical Student Committee, Medical Student Leadership Initiative director and fourth-year medical student, was on hand at the event along with other TCEP members to answer questions and share how BCM emergency medicine doctors at Ben Taub General Hospital are working to improve chances of survival for those suffering from the disorder.

Sepsis is most common and dangerous in the elderly or those who have weakened immune systems. It occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammation throughout the body, which creates microscopic blood clots that can block nutrients and oxygen from reaching organs, causing them to fail. If sepsis progresses to septic shock, blood pressure drops dramatically and the person may die. Early detection and immediate treatment is the key to improving chances of survival.

Early treatment of sepsis, usually with antibiotics and large amounts of intravenous fluids, improves chances for survival.