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Monday, November 18, 2013
  Clinical Accuracy Spoken Here  

Sepsis: Early Recognition A Must

Lack of knowledge about the syndrome may contribute to delay in presenting for medical care, but it is also important to acknowledge the complexity of sepsis.

In spite of optimal care, some people may:

  • Not respond to treatment
  • Develop multiple organ disease
  • Eventually die

To be effective sepsis prevention strategies and treatment interventions must be supported by evidence-based guidelines.

[Reference: Sepsis Management, Module D, Prevention and Treatment]
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  Excellence in Case Mgmt  

Sepsis: After-Effects of Sepsis Survival

According to statistics, there are more than 1.4 million sepsis survivors every year in the United States alone. Many are left with life-changing challenges such as missing limbs and organ dysfunction. How long it takes for the body's organs to begin working properly again varies widely between people.

Other after-effects of sepsis are less obvious, such as:

  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • The inability to do simple arithmetic
Studies have shown that severe sepsis disrupts the immune system and people who have experienced sepsis have an increased risk of dying, even several years after the episode.

[Reference: Sepsis Management, Module E, CM Role]
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  Improving Patient Care...  

Sepsis: Individualize Treatment

Effective sepsis management relies on several factors including:

  • Early identification and treatment of underlying causative organism
  • Adequate and rapid hemodynamic resuscitation
  • Support of associated organ failure
  • Modulation of immune response
Since each patient is different and the causes of sepsis are many, not every available treatment is right for each individual patient.

[Reference: Sepsis Management, Module D, Prevention and Treatment]
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