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How to identify and act on sepsis among care home residents

Older people in care homes are at higher risk of sepsis but there are tools to help nurses spot the signs and symptoms and protect this vulnerable group

Older people in care homes are at higher risk of sepsis but there are tools to help nurses spot the signs and symptoms and protect this vulnerable group

  • Expert nurses agree that a standardised tool is essential for monitoring residents whose health is causing concern
  • It’s important to train care home staff to be aware of the signs and symptoms of sepsis so they can raise concerns
  • Infection prevention and control, which can help reduce the risk of infection that can lead to sepsis, is not always as good as it could be

Advanced age and increased exposure to sources of infection mean older people in care homes face an almost perfect

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