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Recognizing Early Signs of Sepsis Critical to Survival

Sepsis is a life-threatening medical emergency resulting from the body’s response to infection. Early recognition of symptoms and timely intervention can mean the difference between life and death. The risk of developing sepsis as a complication of a COVID-19 infection makes it even more important to learn about early warning signs.

Adults over the age of 65 years are at higher risk for sepsis and nursing home residents are seven times more likely to receive a severe sepsis diagnosis than non-nursing home residents. Comagine Health has created a Sepsis Toolkit Guide for Long-Term Care to help your team improve their awareness and response to changes in condition. Included in the guide are educational tools for nurses and CNAs, screening tools and a sample protocol.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides resources as part of their Get Ahead of Sepsis national education effort. Resources are available for patients and health care professionals. Additional clinical information provided includes links to presentations, publications and interviews.

We invite providers from nursing homes to join us on Sept. 10, 2021, for a Looking Beyond COVID-19 bonus session regarding this important topic: Recognition of and Timely Intervention for Sepsis.

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