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.
Your recovery from sepsis depends on the severity of your condition and any preexisting conditions you might have. Many people who survive will recover completely. However, others will report lasting effects. The UK Sepsis Trust says it can take up to 18 months before survivors start to feel like their normal self.
These alterations persist for 3–5 months after discharge, further highlighting the possible link between delirium and long-term cognitive impairment [33,34].
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].
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.
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.
What are the long-term effects of sepsis?
These can include:
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.
Treatment is with IV fluids and antibiotics. Other medications, such as those to raise blood pressure may be needed.
And for all ages, the worse the sepsis, the greater the risk of developing dementia. Another study published in 2010 estimates that every year, there may be as many as 20,000 new cases of dementia caused by sepsis.
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.
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).
Sepsis is life-threating organ dysfunction due to infection. Incidence of sepsis is increasing and the short-term mortality is improving, generating more sepsis survivors.