NYSOFA urges adults, caregivers to learn the warning signs, symptoms of sepsis

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The New York State Office for the Aging has urged caregivers and older New Yorkers to learn to recognize the early warning signs of sepsis, to get immediate treatment and to learn how to prevent infections that could lead to sepsis.

This was stated in a press statement released on Thursday September 17, 2020.

While disclosing this, NYSOFA Acting Director Greg Olsen stated that staying healthy during this pandemic is critical, particularly for older adults, who are at greater risk for COVID-19.

He continued that “Sepsis can come on quickly and can be fatal. Simple precautions, like frequent handwashing and getting recommended vaccinations can prevent the underlying illnesses that often lead to sepsis.”

“If an infection does set in, it must be treated as quickly and effectively as possible,” Olsen added.

According to the release, sepsis is a very serious illness for people of all ages, but it can be particularly devastating, even deadly, for older adults.

It further stated that sepsis is a progressive shutdown of the body’s organs and systems caused by systemic inflammation following an infection that enters the blood or soft tissue.

The report explained that those who don’t die often experience life-altering consequences like missing limbs or organ dysfunction.

The release stated the signs of sepsis among adults to include, “Change in body temperature, either a fever (above 101.3 degrees F) or a lower than normal temperature (below 95 degrees F), Rapid heart rate (above 90 beats per minute)”

“Rapid breathing (above 20 breaths per minute), shaking confusion, which may be more common among older people.” it adds.

“Sepsis can move into severe sepsis quickly, so getting help and treatment as quickly as possible is vital.” the release urged.

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