In its latest issue, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlights the long-term health impacts and recovery faced by patients who have survived sepsis.
Around one-third of survivors will require additional hospitalisation within 3 months of their initial sepsis treatment. These patients have weakened immune systems and are at high risk of further infections, repeat bouts of sepsis, and complications such as kidney or heart failure.
Symptoms of Post-Sepsis Syndrome
Common symptoms experienced after sepsis include fatigue, insomnia, difficulties with concentration or memory, muscle weakness, and depression or anxiety.
Managing Post-Sepsis Recovery
Following sepsis treatment in hospital, it is important for patients and their usual doctor or general practitioner (GP) to schedule follow-up visits. This will help with managing and reducing the risk of further health issues,and ensuring patients are taking appropriate medications.
GPs can update vaccines and screen sepsis survivors for other treatable conditions, in order to avoid further hospitalistion, and may also refer patients to physical therapy or rehabilitation, or support groups.
Up to half of all sepsis survivors will experience a full or near-complete recovery. Follow-up care under the management of a GP is important and will increase these chances.
The full JAMA piece is available here.