The One Way All Hospitals Can Save Lives And Money

Each year, sepsis kills far more people than AIDS, prostate cancer, and breast cancer combined. Sepsis is one of the top three causes of death globally, with patients being five times more likely to die from sepsis than heart attacks or strokes. Sepsis is also responsible for 70-90% of the organ failure deaths related to Ebola, yet it goes unrecognized, is poorly understood, and has very low public awareness.

Treatment for sepsis often involves a prolonged stay in the ICU, requiring complex therapies costing the US health system over $5,000 per patient/day, or $20 billion/year.  Globally, sepsis is estimated to exceed costs of $90 billion/year. Even worse, the mortality rate for sepsis is approximately 35% — higher in developing countries — with patients who survive often struggling with physical impairment, muscle and nerve damage, cognitive changes and chronic organ failure.

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