Infectious disease doctors in Thornton, Colorado
At North Suburban Medical Center, our infectious disease specialists in north Denver diagnose and treat all forms of infection, including infections caused by bacteria, virus, fungus and parasites.
For more information about infectious disease treatment at North Suburban, please call (303) 920-4362.
Not all patients with infection will need to see an infectious disease specialist. If you become seriously ill from infection, your primary doctor may refer you to a specialist.
Our infection disease doctors in Thornton treat a wide range of infections, including:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Lyme disease
- Staphylococcus and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- West Nile virus
Colorado’s first sepsis-certified hospital
North Suburban was Colorado’s first hospital to receive The Joint Commission’s certification for sepsis care.
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection, and it can rapidly progress and cause tissue damage, organ failure and death. Very few people know what sepsis is, but about 250,000 people in the U.S. die from sepsis annually.
If you think you may have sepsis, go to an emergency room immediately.
Sepsis can develop in anyone, and almost any infection can result in sepsis. Infections that happen in the lungs (pneumonia), kidneys (urinary tract infection), the skin and the stomach are often linked to sepsis. There are certain germs, including staphylococcus aureus (staph), Escherichia coli (E. coli) and some types of streptococcus (strep), which can develop into sepsis.
Symptoms of sepsis
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition. The following symptoms are signs you should seek emergency care for a potential case of sepsis:
- You suspect that you have an infection (or you know that you have had an infection), and you do not seem to be getting better—or you are getting worse quickly.
- You begin to experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Shortness of breath
- High heart rate
- Fever, shivering or feeling very cold
- Extreme pain or discomfort
- Clammy or sweaty skin
Patients with sepsis are almost always treated in an emergency room, and severe cases require a hospital stay. It is important that a hospital quickly identifies sepsis, and begins administering antibiotics.
Our critical care staff of doctors, nurses and pharmacists are experienced in the treatment of sepsis. As part of our ongoing commitment to quality, our staff receives ongoing training and undergoes quality checks to ensure that the strict guidelines we have in place for sepsis care are followed.
Recovering from sepsis
Each sepsis patient’s hospital stay will vary—you could be in the hospital for a few days or a few weeks, depending on the severity of the infection.
Sepsis can cause cognitive damage, severe tissue damage and even organ failure/damage. Fifty percent of sepsis survivors experience post-sepsis syndrome. Patients with post-sepsis syndrome experience physical and/or psychological effects and may experience symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Infection prevention and travel medicine
In addition to treating diseases caused by germs, our team also focuses on preventing infectious diseases. Proper hand washing, vaccines and medication can help prevent infection. Vaccines may be especially important for those traveling abroad.
International travel, whether for business or personal reasons, may require special vaccinations and other health preparations before departure. The infectious disease specialists at North Suburban specialize in preparing travelers for adventures abroad. Our goal is to keep you healthy and safe as you explore other countries.
Our travel medicine services include:
- Education about medications and travel healthcare
- Administration of any necessary travel shots to help prevent illness
- Assessment of your medical needs based on your departure location
- Detailed advice to help minimize travel-related health risks