Sepsis is more common and more dangerous if you:
- Are very young or very old
- Have a compromised immune system
- Are already very sick, often in a hospital's intensive care unit
- Have wounds or injuries, such as burns
- Have invasive devices, such as intravenous catheters or breathing tubes
Especially, most often sepsis occurs in hospitalized patients. People in the intensive care unit are especially vulnerable to developing infections, which can then lead to sepsis. If you get an infection or if you develop signs and symptoms of sepsis after surgery, hospitalization or an infection, seek medical care immediately.