Sepsis Symptoms

It's important to look for the warning signs of sepsis. Spotting these symptoms early could prevent the body from entering septic shock, and could save a life.

General Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Hypothermia
  • Heart rate >90 beats per minute (bpm)
  • Fast respiratory rate
  • Altered mental status (confusion/coma)
  • Edema (swelling)
  • High blood glucose without diabetes


  • High white count
  • Low white count
  • Immature white blood cells in the circulation
  • Elevated plasma C-reactive protein
  • Elevated procalcitonin (PCT)


  • Low blood pressure
  • Low central venous or mixed venous oxygen saturation
  • High cardiac index

Organ Dysfunction

  • Low oxygen level
  • Low urine output
  • High creatinine
  • Coagulation abnormalities
  • Absent bowel sounds
  • Low platelets
  • High bilirubin

Tissue Perfusion

  • High lactate
  • Decreased capillary filling or mottling