However, data revealed that 40% of all sepsis survivors alive three months after their infection event died within the next two years. Some studies have shown that older adults with sepsis have a higher rate of acquiring subsequent severe infections than the mass population.
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].
Oct. 26, 2010 — Sepsis is a leading cause of death in hospital ICUs, and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the life-threatening blood infection. 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.
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 final stages of sepsis? You are at the end when you’ve reached stage 3 sepsis. Symptoms of septic shock are similar to those of severe sepsis, but they also include a significant drop in blood pressure.
The first signs of sepsis may be quite vague, but they include low blood pressure, fast heartbeat, or a higher or lower than usual body temperature. Blood tests may show a higher than normal number of white blood cells in your blood.
Treatment is with IV fluids and antibiotics. Other medications, such as those to raise blood pressure may be needed.
These alterations persist for 3–5 months after discharge, further highlighting the possible link between delirium and long-term cognitive impairment [33,34].
Between 15 and 30 percent of people treated for sepsis die of the condition, but 30 years ago, it was fatal in 80 percent of cases. It remains the main cause of death from infection. Long-term effects include sleeping difficulties, pain, problems with thinking, and problems with organs such as the lungs or kidneys.
These can include:
The average length of stay (LOS) for sepsis patients in U.S. hospitals is approximately 75% greater than for most other conditions (5), and the mean LOS in 2013 was reported to dramatically increase with sepsis severity: 4.5 days for sepsis, 6.5 days for severe sepsis, and 16.5 days for septic shock (6).
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 is sepsis? Sepsis is a person’s overwhelming or impaired whole-body immune response to an insult—an infection or an injury to the body, or something else that provokes such a response. It’s a serious condition and a leading cause of death in hospitals.
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%.
Septic Shock is the most severe form of Sepsis which can lead to organ failure and, possibly, death. As a caregiver, hearing the words “Septic Shock” can be very frightening but know this is not a death sentence. The mortality rate is high but swift treatment is essential and can be successful.