SEPSIS

Sepsis is an inflammatory reaction that occurs when the body releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight an infection. 1  It most commonly occurs in people with a weakened immune system, but it can happen to anyone.  This condition can be life-threatening as it can cause damage to organs, and even lead to organ failure and death if not treated in a timely manner. 2

Sepsis is a costly condition that affects more than 30 million people worldwide each year and accounts for roughly 6 million deaths.3

Early detection and treatment of sepsis can be the difference between life and death, making it a crucial element in reducing patient morbidity and mortality.  Early treatment of sepsis also decreases the hospital length of stay and reduces the total cost of hospital care per case.

Resources:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sepsis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351214
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0831-sepsis-recognition-treatment.html
  3. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1707170

 

US:

  • Affects more than 1.5 million people each year and accounts for roughly 250,000 deaths in the United States.1
  • Roughly $55,616,438 is spent on sepsis care in US hospitals per day, equating to roughly $20.3 billion for the cost of sepsis care each year.2

UK:

  • sepsis is likely to be incurring costs of up to £15.6 billion every year for the UK economy3
  • The UK sees at least 260,000 cases of sepsis annually3
  • results in more than 44,000 deaths every year in the UK3
  • Earlier recognition and treatment could save more than 14,000 lives annually3

Germany:

  • Sepsis ranks 3rd among the causes of death in Germany.4
  • Average direct costs per patient amounted to 36,129 Euros4
  • Total costs of sepsis are estimated at 9.1 billion Euros a year4

Canada:

  • Roughly 1 out of 18 deaths are related to sepsis5
  • 9,300 deaths each year from sepsis6
  • Estimate that most hospitalizations cost around $5,200 for all conditions, and the average cost for a sepsis hospitalization was about six times higher6
  • Total cost of treating sepsis is $325 million annually7
  • 30,000 Canadians affected each year8

Australia:

  • More than 30,000 Australians suffer sepsis each year9
  • estimated cost of treating acute episodes of sepsis in Australia is greater than $600M9
  • In Australia, sepsis kills more than prostate and breast cancer9
  • 5,000 deaths per year10

Resources

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0831-sepsis-recognition-treatment.html
  2. https://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/the-cost-of-sepsis/
  3. https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2017/research/sepsis-economy-report/
  4. https://www.jccjournal.org/article/S0883-9441(15)00187-2/fulltext
  5. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2016001/article/14308-eng.htm
  6. http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/sepsis-kills-more-than-heart-attacks-study-1.813349
  7. https://canadiansepsisfoundation.ca/Understanding-Sepsis
  8. http://www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca/en/Topic/Pages/Sepsis.aspx
  9. https://www.georgeinstitute.org.au/sites/default/files/world-sepsis-day-2016-report.pdf
  10. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/sepsis-the-deadly-disease-killing-5000-australians-a-year/9484502

 

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