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Life after Sepsis: an international survey
After surviving an acute phase of sepsis, a patient may continue to struggle with a long list of serious symptoms. The extent of these complications varies…
… depending on the severity of sepsis and the length of treatment in an intensive care unit and hospital. Such complications may persist for years after a sepsis episode, often having far-reaching effects on a survivor’s quality of life. The lack of specific, standardised rehabilitation programs for sepsis patients further slows or hinders full recovery.
These medical conditions often have far-reaching effects on the survivor's life and lifestyle.
Among the long-term physical effects are functional impairment of the muscles due to atrophy and nerve damage (critical illness polyneuropathy and critical illness myopathy), loss of body substance (cachexia, atrophy), problems with swallowing or speaking, and/or general weakness and low physical resilience. The psychological long-term effects range from cognitive changes and disorders to panic attacks and depression.
Despite the known impact, there is limited data available on the extent of problems faced by sepsis survivors.
This is why - together with sepsis survivors, the UK Sepsis Trust, Sepsis Alliance, Sepsis Aware, Sepsis Survivors Engagement Project, Global Sepsis Alliance and Loma Linda University - World Sepsis Day is fully dedicated to improving medical knowledge on the long-term effects of sepsis.
Dealing with the long-term impact of sepsis must become an integral part of learning curricula for healthcare workers around the world so that sepsis survivors and their loved ones can receive the support they need. Armed with the know-how of individual quality-of-life experiences after sepsis, we can make a real difference.
For this we need your participation. If you are a sepsis survivor or a relative of a sepsis survivor, please participate in the study.
Click here to participate! Life after Sepsis _ a Sepsis survivor survey
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Over the past year we've been collecting the questions we receive most frequently about sepsis. Please share this information with your friends and family. Don’t see your question on the list? Get in touch with us, and we’ll do our best to help.
Sepsis is common and often deadly. It remains the primary cause of death from infection, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines, antibiotics, and intensive care.
What is sepsis
Pat had a pneumococcus sepsis because he lost his spleen after a car accident as a teenager. He experienced multiple organ failure, followed by critical illness polyneuropathy.
How to prevent sepsis
Sepsis is always caused by an infection, most often by bacteria, but sometimes by fungi or protozoa (such as malaria). That means that preventing infection is one of the best ways to prevent sepsis.
If you, a relative, or a patient feels "severely sick", "that something is wrong", or "are not yourself", and shows any of the following symptoms, you should suspect sepsis: