• Vol. 44 No. 4
  • 15 April 2015

Diagnosing Bacteraemia Early in Older Adults

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Sepsis is a prevalent and important cause of morbidity and mortality in the general population. Approximately 750,000 patients in the United States alone develop severe sepsis each year. Of this, more than 60% are patients older than 65 years. Morbidity and mortality remain high in spite of advances in the management of patients with sepsis, and are increased in older adult patients. However, early identification and institution of appropriate management in older adult patients with septic shock has been shown to improve outcome.

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