Older adults who survive severe sepsis are at higher risk for long-term cognitive impairment and physical limitations than those admitted for other reasons, according to US researchers.
They found 60 per cent of admissions for severe sepsis were associated with worsened cognitive and physical function among survivors.
They compared 516 sepsis patients with 4,517 non sepsis patients over 12 months.
The odds of acquiring moderate to severe cognitive impairment were 3.3 times higher after an episode of sepsis than for other admissions.
The authors said: “We used to think of sepsis as just a medical emergency. These new data show a majority of older patients suffer with real life-changing burdens after beating sepsis.”