Nationwide sepsis trends over the decade

The numbers of severe sepsis hospitalizations per 100,000 people have risen from 143 in 2000 to 343 in 2007, according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Although evidence-based medication has enhanced patient outcomes, severe sepsis continues to be often fatal.

Although mean number of organ failures per patient hospitalized hiked from 1.6 to 1.9, mean hospital stay duration reduced to 14.9 from 17.3 days. Further, the mortality rates reduced to 27% from 39%. Compared to 2007, the year of 2000 witnessed a higher number of patients with sever sepsis being discharged to long-term care.

Severe sepsis demands increased attention because more patients are being sent to skilled nursing facilities and in-home care regardless of increased severe sepsis admissions and reduced mortality rates.

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