The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging long-term care clinicians and staff members to be on the lookout for signs of sepsis in residents. Heather Jones, DNP, NP-C, a long-term care consultant with the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion recently published an insightful blog on the challenges of recognizing and managing sepsis in long-term care settings.
She reminds that sepsis is an overwhelming response to infection that requires immediate intervention. It disproportionately affects frail seniors, including those living in nursing homes, but remains challenging to diagnose and treat in those settings. She writes, “Sepsis develops quickly and can cause irreversible damage, including death, if not treated early, … With fast recognition and treatment, most residents survive.”
Please take a minute to review this blog, and also CDC website offers many tools to help better recognize and manage sepsis: https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/protecting-ltc-residents-from-sepsis/