Jefferson University Hospitals

Septic Shock

Septic shock is a medical emergency and is caused when an overwhelming infection causes your blood pressure to drop to such low levels that it is life threatening. It can impact any part of the body and some symptoms may include:

  • High or very low temperatures
  • Chills
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cool, pale extremities
  • Restlessness, agitation, lethargy or confusion

If you or someone you care for is experiencing these symptoms from an infection, turn to the expert acute care physicians at Jefferson. Our Emergency Room is a Level 1 Trauma Center. There, you will receive care from an entire team of acute care specialists that will put their collective expertise to ensuring you are cared for properly, minimizing any damage to your organs.