Video All Senior Citizens, Caregivers Must See on
Fighting Deadly Sepsis
Progression from a localized infection to full-blown
deadly sepsis can occur in mere hours, especially in older people
This pocket film helps viewers know the signs of sepsis and seek
treatment because together we can save lives.
Sept. 10, 2013 Sepsis kills more than a million
Americans every year. It's the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
but older adults, especially those with weakened immune systems, chronic
conditions, and those over the age of 85, are most likely to die from
this medical condition that develops when the body initiates a powerful
immune response against an infection.
Anyone can get sepsis but two-thirds of all cases
occur in senior citizens over the age of 65.
However, the Alliance for Aging Research knows that
early recognition of symptoms and appropriate treatment can save lives.
In order to spread the word on the importance of acting quickly, and to
teach the signs and symptoms of sepsis so that loved ones will know what
to look for, the Alliance released a short "pocket film"-
in Older Americans: Saving Lives through Early Detection and Treatment.
In this compelling, animated video viewers learn
that common symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate, and rapid
breathing. The source of the initial infection can also lead to
Not all infections lead to sepsis, but progression
from a localized infection to full-blown sepsis can occur in mere hours.
"This rapid onset makes it critical that the
symptoms of sepsis are recognized quickly and the patient receives
treatment before the infection is out-of-control and it's too late,"
says Susan Peschin, MHS, CEO of the Alliance.
"Not only are older adults more prone to the
development of sepsis, but their symptoms may also differ from younger
patients, making it more difficult to recognize," says Peschin.
Septic older patients may develop cold, clammy skin
instead of a fever. They are also more likely to exhibit sudden mental
confusion, delirium, fatigue, malaise, weakness, shortness of breath,
poor appetite, chills, dizziness, and low blood pressure.
If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms in
the presence of infection, get medical care immediately. Keep in mind
that for every hour delay of appropriate treatment, the risk of death
increases by 8%. Don't waitgo to the hospital immediately.
This compelling film was developed with support
from Edwards Lifesciences; written by Martina Cartwright, PhD, RD,
President & CEO of Beacon Science Inc; art and animation by Derk Ebeling;
and narration by Lee Kanne. Content was developed with guidance from an
expert panel included E Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, of Vanderbilt University;
Imrana Malik, MD, DABSM, of University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer
Center; and Steven M. Opal, MD, of Alpert Medical School of Brown
The Alliance for Aging Research
is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the
pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve
the universal human experience of aging and health.
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