Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection starts to harm its own tissues and organs. It can affect anyone, but older adults, particularly those living in nursing homes, are at higher risk due to their weakened immune systems.
Symptoms of Sepsis
Symptoms of sepsis can include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, and confusion. If not treated promptly, sepsis can lead to organ failure and death. In severe cases, sepsis can result in septic shock, a potentially fatal condition in which blood pressure drops to dangerously low levels.
Treatment for sepsis typically involves hospitalization and the administration of antibiotics and fluids.
In some cases, other medications may be needed to support failing organs. In severe cases, patients may require intensive care and mechanical ventilation.
It is important for nursing home residents and their caregivers to be aware of the symptoms of sepsis and to seek medical attention promptly if they suspect that an infection may be developing. Prompt treatment can improve the chances of a successful outcome.