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

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