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  1. Onawola, Alice M. MSN, BSN, RN


Sepsis is a life-threatening and debilitating sickness in the elderly. This case study explores the importance of adequate assessment of patients on their initial presentation to the emergency department, during hospitalization, and before discharge. The clinical evaluation, recognition, and management of sepsis continue to be essential for patient survival to prevent and decrease the mortality rate. Some changes go on in the elderly organ systems and can lead to delay in identifying and treatment implementation. The use of the Third International Consensus Definition for Sepsis and Septic Shock (Sepsis-3) to anticipate outcomes in septic patients and the use of the Survival Sepsis Campaign for treatment guidelines promptly to improve outcomes are crucial. This article aims to inform clinicians and nurses of the importance of early recognition of subtle signs and symptoms and the management of sepsis in the elderly.