Spot and Prevent Sepsis with These Tips

ppSepsis is a serious and life-threatening response to an infection in the body. Sepsis most commonly occurs in individuals over the age of 65 who have chronic diseases or weakened immune systems and ranks in the top 10 causes of death in the elderly. Healthcare providers should prioritize infection control and prevention so that sepsis can be treated quickly. Sepsis can often occur with non-specific symptoms so think about the following:

  • Any person with a suspected infection could have sepsis
  • Be alert of individuals who are over 75 and have a device or line, or have had a recent surgery

In some individuals with early sepsis, they might show signs of:

  • Shivering, fever or very cold
  • Extreme pain or general discomfort
  • Pale or discolored skin
  • Difficulty waking up and confusion
  • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath

Direct care staff knows your residents the best and should be alert to change in behavior, mobility, interest and appetite. It is important to educate your staff on the dangers and how to prevent sepsis. If your organization is looking for assistance in educating and training staff on spotting and preventing sepsis, contact an AssuredPartners NL Senior Living Agent.

Source: QA Reader

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