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CRITICAL CARE: Incidence of sepsis cases 2009 to 2014

Sepsis is a complication of an infection, for example pneumonia, that can lead to death.  Older people are at higher risk of developing sepsis.  This study, based on data from 409 hospitals, had a dual purpose – to determine the incidence rate of sepsis among hospital inpatients and to compare two different data sources.

In 2014, the incidence of sepsis was found to be 6 percent of adult hospitalizations.  Of patients with sepsis, 15 percent died in the hospital with an additional 6 percent discharged to hospice.

Analysis of these incidence and mortality data over time (2009 to 2014) shows that the incidence rate and overall mortality rate (including inhospital and discharge to hospice) have remained about the same.  This finding, based on a study of hospitals’ electronic medical records, differs from other estimates based on claims data.


Mayo Clinic Staff. Sepsis.  Click here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sepsis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351214

Rhee, C., Dantes, R., and Epstein, L. (2017, October 3). Incidence and trends of sepsis in US hospitals using clinical vs claims data, 2009-2014. JAMA, 318(13), 1241-1249.  Click here for publisher’s website: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2654187?widget=personalizedcontent&previousarticle=2654186  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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