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A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is sepsis?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Common: Nearly three quarters of a million americans suffer sepsis each year; a high proportion die each year from sepsis. It is fairly common in most hospitals.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Common: Sepsis with a severe infection is common - to meet the definition you need only have a suspected infection, a heart rate greater than 90, temperature greater than 100.4 or less than 96.8, a respiratory rate greater than 20, or a high or low white blood cell count.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is sepsis in the us?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
750k/year: National institute of health reports 750000 cases of severe sepsis per year citing data published in 2001. The number of cases is on the rise with the aging of the population.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
May be more than one million because it is underreported
Jan 12, 2013
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is encephalopathy common with sepsis?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Toxic metabolic encephalopathy can appear in up to 50% of ICU patients (from either drugs or the disease itself), although most studies cite a more reasonable 20-30%. Depends on the infection and how ill/old the patient is.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is neonatal sepsis?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
2 per 1000: Fore every 1000 babies born alive, 2 get neonatal sepsis. Many more get treated for suspicion of sepsis.
A member asked:

What is sepsis?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
A severe infection: Sepsis is the term used by doctors to describe a severe, life-threatening bloodstream infection. Sepsis can cause your baby's organs to fail. If untreated, sepsis can be fatal. Treatment with intravenous fluids and antibiotics, and close monitoring in the hospital can prevent serious complications.

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