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20 Facts About Sepsis Your Medical Staff Needs to Know

September 15, 2016 | Uniphy Health


Sepsis Is One of the Leading Causes of Death in the United States

  • The incidence rate of hospitalizations with severe sepsis increased up to threefold in the last decade, according to a large scale retrospective study.

    (Source: National Institutes of Health)

  • Mortality from sepsis is estimated to be greater than mortality from AIDS and breast cancer combined.

    (Source: National Institute of General Medical Sciences)

  • Sepsis is the second leading cause of death in non-coronary ICUs, with a mortality rate of up to 45%.

    (Source: Society of Critical Care Medicine)

  • For nearly 80% of patients, sepsis begins outside of the hospital.

    (Source: CDC)

  • The pediatric mortality rate associated with sepsis is 25%, whereas the overall mortality rate for pediatric ICU patients ranges from 2% to 6%.

    (Source: Society of Critical Care Medicine)

  • Patients with initially less severe sepsis made up the majority of sepsis deaths in an analysis of a nationally representative sample of hospitalizations.

    (Source: JAMA)


Improved Sepsis Detection Reduces Costs While Saving Lives

  • Nearly one-quarter of all hospital charges in the United States can be attributed to the treatment of sepsis.

    (Source: JAMA)

  • Community hospitals across the U.S. are spending $55 million a day on sepsis care, according to the most recent published data.

    (Source: CDC)

  • A federal analysis of 2013 billing data revealed sepsis to be the most expensive condition to treat in the entire U.S. healthcare system, accounting for nearly $24 billion in annual costs.

    (Source: Sepsis Alliance)

  • The typical hospital stay for sepsis is approximately twice the cost of an average hospital stay.

    (Source: CDC)

  • Cost savings of up to $1 billion per quality life year gained can be attained with critical care management of severe sepsis, acute respiratory failure, and general critical care interventions.

    (Source: Society of Critical Care Medicine)

  • The annual growth rate of sepsis costs is three-times the rate of overall hospital cost increases.

    (Source: CDC)


Sepsis’ Impact On Hospital Performance Outcomes

  • Sepsis occurred in just 10% of U.S. hospital patients but contributed to as many as half of all hospital deaths between 2010 and 2012.

    (Source: JAMA)

  • Prospective cohort study of over two million patients finds those with any form of sepsis have three times the risk of having a postoperative arterial or venous thrombosis compared to patients without any systemic inflammation.

    (Source: The British Medical Journal)

  • General surgery patients appear to have a 10 times greater risk of dying of sepsis and septic shock than of pulmonary embolism or myocardial infarction.

    (Source: JAMA Surgery)

  • As many as 34.7% to 52% of patients who died in a hospital had sepsis at the time of their death, according to analysis of nationally representative sample.

    (Source: JAMA)

  • Sepsis patients stay in the hospital 75% longer than other patients.

    (Source: CDC)


Opportunities Exist to Improve Sepsis Identification, Treatment and Outcomes

  • Chart analysis conducted in a 475-bed university-affiliated hospital found each hour of delay in administering antibiotics resulted in a 7.6% average decrease in survival.

    (Source: PubMed)

  • Automated solution detects sepsis in its early stage using predictive analytics to analyze lab results and pharmaceutical order data—all without requiring staff observations of vital signs.

    (Source: Uniphy Health)

  • Uniphy Sentinel is the commercially available version of a sepsis alerting system originally developed using a proprietary Military Acuity Model™ to identify Tasks-at-Risk®. This precursor to Sentinel is credited with an 87 percent increase in lives saved.

    (Source: Uniphy Health)