Mild Sepsis Recovery On average, the recovery period from this condition takes about three to ten days, depending on the appropriate treatment response, including medication.
The thinking had been that once the crisis is over, older people who survive sepsis make full recoveries. But new research finds the opposite to be true. Elderly people in the study had a threefold increase in life-altering mental declines after surviving sepsis.
There are high mortality rates of around 50%-60% in elderly patients with severe sepsis and septic shock[4,9,73]. The mortality due to severe sepsis in elderly patients is 1.3-1.5 times higher than that in younger cohorts[4,9]. Several studies have found age to be an independent predictor of mortality[4,5,8,9].
Sepsis needs to be suspected and recognized as quickly as possible. It must be treated fast. The risk of death increases every hour of delayed treatment. Treatment is with IV fluids and antibiotics.
These alterations persist for 3–5 months after discharge, further highlighting the possible link between delirium and long-term cognitive impairment [33,34].
Most people make a full recovery from sepsis. But it can take time. You might continue to have physical and emotional symptoms. These can last for months, or even years, after you had sepsis.
Stage Three: Septic Shock Symptoms of septic shock are similar to those of severe sepsis, but they also include a significant drop in blood pressure. This drop in blood pressure can lead to heart failure, stroke, failure of other organs, respiratory failure, and even death.
Severe sepsis impacts and impairs blood flow to vital organs, including the brain, heart and kidneys. It can also cause blood clots to form in internal organs, arms, fingers, legs and toes, leading to varying degrees of organ failure and gangrene (tissue death).
These can include:
The stage at which sepsis is diagnosed also influences survival chances, as those initially clinically diagnosed with septic shock have an increased chance of dying within 28 days. Progression to severe sepsis and/or septic shock during the first week also increases chances of mortality.
Urinary tract infection is the most common cause of sepsis in the elderly and responds best to antibiotic therapy. Pneumonia is the next most common cause and leads to the highest mortality in this age group; rapid (sometimes invasive) methods must be utilized to identify the etiologic agent.
As sepsis worsens, blood flow to vital organs, such as your brain, heart and kidneys, becomes impaired. Sepsis may cause abnormal blood clotting that results in small clots or burst blood vessels that damage or destroy tissues. Most people recover from mild sepsis, but the mortality rate for septic shock is about 40%.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection. What are the 3 stages of sepsis? The three stages of sepsis are: sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock. When your immune system goes into overdrive in response to an infection, sepsis may develop as a result.
What are the long-term effects of sepsis?
If the body is left with a very low blood pressure for a prolonged period this can starve the brain of blood and therefore oxygen, and can cause what is termed a hypoxic brain injury, which causes permanent damage.
The low blood pressure and inflammation patients experience during sepsis may lead to brain damage that causes cognitive problems. Sepsis patients also frequently become delirious, a state known to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease.