Sepsis is a scary topic, particularly for people being treated in a hospital or long-term care facility. If you’re not familiar with sepsis, it’s the body’s response to a serious infection. It generally occurs when an infection affecting one part of the body, such as the lungs, stomach, skin, or urinary tract, spreads throughout the body (typically via the bloodstream).
If not treated immediately and properly, sepsis can cause the patient to experience organ failure, tissue decay, and it can even be fatal. Although sepsis is rarely lethal, it can leave a patient in serious condition for days or weeks and is often followed by a long recovery period. How long that recovery period is, tends to depend on the nature of the infection, the organs affected, and how quickly the problem is addressed. So, what are some of the lasting effects of sepsis?
Sepsis typically has a dramatic impact on the body. It can leave a patient bedridden for days or even weeks. This can lead to the degradation of muscle function, leaving the patient in a situation where they need to take anything and everything slowly (even getting out of bed).
As a result, recovery can be long and difficult and may require the patient receive ongoing support in carrying out even basic activities, from washing themselves to using the washroom and preparing meals. Physical therapy and extensive periods of rest may be required to help the patient rebuild their strength and steadily return to normal life.