Sepsis, or bacterial blood poisoning, occurs when the body is forced to fight a severe infection that has spread via the bloodstream.

The body’s chemicals, released into the blood to fight the infection, cause widespread inflammation. Not only can this chain of events lead to blood clots and leaky blood vessels, but it can also result in poor blood flow to vital organs, causing them to be deprived of oxygen and other nutrients and eventually failing.

If Sepsis is not treated quickly enough, the person may die.