May 23, 2017
Amputations can cause sepsis, and sepsis can cause amputations, Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP, FACP, of the Sepsis Alliance and of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Kansas, said during the Sepsis and Limb Loss: Awareness and Prevention webinar. The webinar was hosted by the Amputee Coalition.
“If you go into an [intensive care unit] ICU in the United States for any reason, whether it is postop after your surgery or [for] an exacerbation of chronic lung disease, it does not matter. The most common thing leading to you not coming out of there alive is sepsis.”