Post-Sepsis Syndrome – PSS – Sepsis Alliance

What is PSS?Post-sepsis syndrome is a condition that affects up to 50% of sepsis survivors. They are left with physical and/or psychological long-term effects, such as:Insomnia, difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleepNightmares, vivid hallucinations and panic attacksDisabling muscle and joint painsExtreme fatiguePoor concentrationDecreased mental (cognitive) functioningLoss of self-esteem and self-beliefThe risk of having PSS is higher among people who were admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) and for those who have been in the hospital for extended periods of time. PSS can affect people of any age, but a study from the University of Michigan Health System, published in 2010 the medical journal JAMA, found that older severe sepsis survivors were at higher risk for long-term cognitive impairment and physical problems than others their age who were treated for other illnesses. Their problems ranged from not being able to walk, even though they could before they became ill, to not being able to do everyday activities, such as bathing, toileting, or preparing meals. Changes in mental status can range from no longer being able to perform complicated tasks to not being able to remember everyday things.The authors wrote, “…60 percent of hospitalizations for severe sepsis were associated with worsened cognitive and physical function among surviving older adults. The odds of acquiring moderate to severe cognitive impairment were 3.3 times higher following an episode of sepsis than for other hospitalizations.”

Source: Post-Sepsis Syndrome – PSS – Sepsis Alliance

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