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Is sepsis on the rise and, if so, why?

Asked by Aster (19949points) July 31st, 2015

It’s probably silly of me to think this but when two of your friends have sepsis and one died quickly it makes one think it’s on the rise. Is it?

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zenvelo's avatar

It has been increasing because the population is aging, and therefore more susceptible.

si3tech's avatar

Are we referring to sepsis “as an overwhelming infection which became systemic”? Sepsis is very serious and people can succumb quickly. My father in law died in a matter of hours. Called it “septic shock”.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Very observant @Aster here are the figures for cases in 2000 compared to 2008 from the CDC. Not twice as many, but almost.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

There’s also more drug resistant bacteria out there. That can’t help.

si3tech's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe has a good point there!

cazzie's avatar

It is the drug resistant bacteria that is now running rampant in hospitals and care facilities. Antibiotics were such a wonder drug, but our over use has ruined their effectiveness.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3731864/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/amr-report/en/

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