Sepsis in Older Adults

Theresa A. Rowe*, June M. McKoy

*Corresponding author for this work

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Sepsis disproportionally affects older adults with more than 60% of sepsis diagnoses attributed to adults aged 65 years and older. Identifying, diagnosing, and treating sepsis in older individuals remain a challenge for clinicians, and few studies focus specifically on older adults with multiple medical comorbidities. Principles guiding management of sepsis for older adults are generally the same as in younger adults; however, unique considerations particularly pertinent to the care older adults include antimicrobial selection and dosing, delirium management, and goals of care discussions. Other factors, such as medical comorbidities, cognitive impairment, and functional status, impact outcomes more than age alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)731-742
Number of pages12
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • Infections
  • Older adults
  • Outcomes
  • Sepsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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