Healthcare Professional (HCP) Resources
Infections put your patients at risk for sepsis. Be alert to the signs, and if you suspect sepsis, act fast.
Healthcare professionals can:
- Know sepsis signs to identify and treat patients early.
- Act fast if you suspect 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 of worsening infection and sepsis and seeking immediate care if signs are present.
You can protect your patients by recognizing and treating sepsis quickly.
If you suspect sepsis:
- Immediately alert clinician in charge if it is not you.
- Know your facility’s existing guidance for diagnosing and managing sepsis.
- Start antibiotics as soon as possible, in addition to other therapies appropriate for that individual patient.
- Check patient progress frequently. Reassess antibiotic therapy 24-48 hours to stop or adjust therapy if needed. Be sure antibiotic type, dose, and duration are correct.
Fact Sheet (Hospitals, Home Care Settings)
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- Page last reviewed: August 21, 2017
- Page last updated: January 31, 2018
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