Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Sepsis is more common and more dangerous if you:
- Are very young or very old
- Have compromised immune systems
- 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
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