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Sepsis is a top cause of death in hospitals

Sepsis is a medical emergency that may become fatal or leave an individual with a significant disability. Data from the CDC show that every year at least 1.7 million adults in the U.S. develop sepsis and 1 of every 3 who die in the hospital has sepsis.  While these numbers are shocking, a review of the literature shows the incidence of sepsis has grown over the last three decades at a rate faster than population growth.  The percentage of severe sepsis cases has also increased from 25% in 1993 to 44% in 2003, indicating that not only is the incidence of sepsis rising, but also the number of severe cases. Sepsis develops as an overwhelming immune response to an infection.  Read more....

 

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