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Infections put your patients at risk for sepsis. Be alert to the signs and symptoms, and if you suspect sepsis, act fast.
- Know sepsis signs and symptoms.
- Identify and treat patients early.
- Act fast if you suspect sepsis.
- Know your facility’s existing guidance for diagnosing and managing sepsis.
- Prevent infections by following infection control practices (e.g. hand hygiene, catheter removal) and ensuring patients receive recommended vaccines.
- Educate your patients and their families about:
- Preventing infections
- Keeping scrapes and wounds clean
- Managing chronic conditions
- Recognizing early signs and symptoms of worsening infection and sepsis and seeking immediate care if signs and symptoms are present
If you suspect sepsis:
- Immediately alert the doctor or nurse in charge if it is not you.
- Start antibiotics as soon as possible, in addition to other therapies appropriate for the patient.
- Check patient progress frequently. Reassess antibiotic therapy in 24 to 48 hours to stop or adjust therapy if needed. Be sure antibiotic type, dose and duration are correct.
- Page last reviewed: August 21, 2017
- Page last updated: August 29, 2018
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