What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is a dysregulated immune response that can be triggered by any acute infection. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and worse. With the highest hospital mortality of any diagnosis, sepsis accounts for nearly half of in-hospital deaths.
Sepsis kills over 250,000 people in the US alone each year, and more than 5 million people worldwide – more than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined. Contrary to widespread belief, bacteria is often not found in the blood of patients with acute infections or sepsis. Fewer than 10% of patients hospitalized for acute infections and only about half of patients with septic shock are bacteremic.