Sepsis is serious; it is the number one cause of death in intensive care units and the 10th cause of death worldwide. Sepsis causes more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined!
Previously we discussed the facts everyone should know about sepsis.
Early detection of sepsis is critical to start an appropriate treatment asap. Timely effective antimicrobial treatment (within the first hour) is directly linked to the survival rate of patients. Study finds that every additional hour without effective antibiotic therapy can increase the risk of death in patients with hypotensive sepsis by 7.6% during the first 6 hours. But, despite a progressive increase in mortality rate with increasing delays, only 50% of septic shock patients received effective antimicrobial therapy within 6 hrs of documented hypotension.
We would like to thank world sepsis day for providing the illustrations for this post.