Home Care in Apache Junction AZ: Six Things You Must Know About Sepsis

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Six Things You Must Know About Sepsis



In 2006, almost 7 out of 10 sepsis infections found in a hospital setting involved someone 65 or older. Older men and women are more likely to develop the condition because of a weaker immune response. What do you know about sepsis? It's likely you've heard of the health condition, but don't know much about it.

Sepsis is Not Blood Poisoning

Sepsis occurs when the body's infection response kicks into high gear and attacks the body. It leads to a severe inflammatory response that can kill if not treated.

Sepsis Is Not Always Linked to a Cut or Scrape

Many people think of sepsis as being linked to a cut or scrape. Some think of it happening after a surgical procedure. Sepsis is possible after the flu, a urinary tract infection, or a food-related illness like E. coli.

Quick Treatment is Critical

According to Sepsis Alliance, the earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome. For every hour that you don't seek medical care, the risk of death increases by eight percent.

TIME Helps You Remember the Key Symptoms

There are four key symptoms of sepsis. They're easy to remember if you remember TIME. Here's what TIME stands for.

  • T - temperature
  • I - infection
  • M - mental decline
  • E - extremely ill

People with sepsis feel horrible and often have a high fever. A high fever isn't a guarantee. Some patients have a lower temperature than normal and can look pale. You might notice swelling and inflammation around a cut or incision. Finally, someone with sepsis may seem confused or lethargic.

Some People Do Not Show Symptoms

Pinnacle Health reports that about 1 in 10 patients do not have the common symptoms. Instead, these people had symptoms like diarrhea, refused to eat or drink, or felt weak. It's always better to talk to a doctor, especially if your parent had a bacterial infection or has a visible cut or scrape on the skin.

If your mom and dad live alone, could they be at risk? How often does someone check in? If your parent gets a cut or scrape or has been ill, sepsis could set in. They may not identify the symptoms of sepsis quickly. If you hire a home care professional to spend time with them each day, you have an extra set of

If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Apache Junction, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.

Mike Endredy, Owner
Mike has been involved with home care for the last 11 years as the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of the East Valley (Phoenix AZ). 
Mike was brought to the home care industry like many folks through a need to care for my father near the end of his life. 
"Although my mother was the primary caregiver there was not a service to use that can offer relief for my mother and from 2,000 miles away I was not able to provide the care personally he needed.  It was however, a few years after my father's passing that I personally decided to change careers, leaving a career in engineering.  I have never looked back.  Making a difference in people's lives changes you more profoundly than anything and I love that experience.  In the eleven years of making a difference my exceptional team of caregivers and staff have made a difference through providing over 2 million hours worth of care.  This journey is just beginning.  Making a difference in somebody's life or a family members life is why I do what I do.  The hurdles, the heartbreak and the pain that comes makes me stronger and more determined to help another. " - Mike Endredy

 

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