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Sepsis is a top cause of death in hospitals

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found 74.1% of all serious harm in hospitals came from a mistaken diagnosis of one of three conditions: infection, vascular conditions or cancer. Of these, the most frequent were sepsis, stroke and lung cancer
  • Every year at least 1.7 million adults develop sepsis and 1 in 3 who die in the hospital has sepsis. Although these numbers are shocking, a review of the literature shows the incidence of sepsis in the last three decades has grown at a faster rate than the population
  • Early recognition and treatment are crucial to improving the rate of survival. Sepsis is an overactive response to an infection, in which most cases begin in the community from bacteria or a fungus, virus or parasite
  • A three-pronged approach to treatment with hydrocortisone, ascorbic acid and thiamine has shown significant results when given alongside antibiotics; after successful treatment some develop post-sepsis syndrome, which may bring physical, psychological and/or neurological consequences

Sepsis is a medical emergency that may become fatal or leave an individual with a significant disability. Data from the CDC show that every year at least 1.7 million adults in the U.S. develop sepsis and 1 of every 3 who die in the hospital has sepsis.

While these numbers are shocking, a review of the literature shows the incidence of sepsis has grown over the last three decades at a rate faster than population growth.


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