Methodist in the Media

Methodist Nurse Practitioner Discusses the Dangers of Sepsis

Published: Nov. 25, 2019

It started with a skin infection.

And like a typical Midwesterner, the farmer figured he’d just tough it out.

“A farmer was out doing his job, cut his leg and it ended up with an infection that almost killed him,” said Rachael Nielsen, a nurse practitioner and hospitalist at Methodist Fremont Health.

The man had sepsis, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said occurs when an infection triggers a life-threatening chain reaction throughout the body.

“It’s very serious,” Nielsen said, “because even with appropriate treatment up to 40 percent of patients with severe sepsis die.”

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