The Scourge of Sepsis

January 15, 2019

(Scientific American) – Yet this is not an isolated tragedy—and it is a preventable one. More can and must be done to understand the urgency of sepsis, the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, including in children. More than7 million die annually from sepsis—averaging one death every 3.5 seconds. Sepsis occurs when the body’s response to infection is dysregulated, leading to injury of the body’s organs and tissues. A more severe form of sepsis, called septic shock, results when the body cannot maintain adequate blood pressure to support needed blood flow to vital organs, increasing the risk of death from sepsis.

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