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Sepsis in Older Adults
Sepsis can and does affect people of all ages. The very young and those who already have a chronic health problem or a compromised immune system are at higher risk of developing sepsis. But people over 65 years old, particularly those who have health issues, are even more susceptible to sepsis than any other group. According to a study published in 2006, while people aged 65 years and older make up about 12% of the American population, they make up 65% of sepsis cases in the hospitals. This session will discuss the pre-acute phase from symptom onset to diagnosis and associated patient and caregiver experiences with symptom appraisal, self-management, barriers, and inter-personal interactions.

Dec 18, 2018 2:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rebecca Hancock, PhD, RN, CCRC
Patient Safety & Quality Advisor @Indiana Hospital Association
Dr. Rebecca Hancock is a Patient Safety& Quality Advisor for the Indiana Hospital Association. Rebecca has specialized in healthcare quality clinical outcome metrics, sepsis, Alzheimer’s Disease and geriatric clinical research in mood and pain disorders. Rebecca received her BSN from DePauw University, and her MSN and PhD from Indiana University School of Nursing, and is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator. Her doctoral dissertation was a qualitative analysis of older adult patients’ and their caregivers’ experiences in the pre-acute phase of sepsis.