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Subspecialties Microbiology and immunology, Hematology, Clinical care, Technology and innovation

Spotting Sepsis Sooner

sponsored by Beckman Coulter

Despite advances in modern medicine and acute patient care, sepsis remains the leading cause of death from infection. It’s a life-threatening condition that represents a global health care problem; one in 23 hospital patients – over 27 million people worldwide – are affected (1). Sepsis claims more lives than any cancer and currently has a 25–30 percent mortality rate. But it’s not just an issue for patients; the health care cost of sepsis in the USA is estimated at US$24 billion each year (2).

That number is on the rise. The incidence of severe sepsis in the U.S. is increasing by 1.5 percent each year – faster than the projected population growth. The number of cases documented in 1995 was 750,000; in 2010, it rose to 934,000 and it is predicted to hit 1,110,000 in 2020 (3). This increase in incidence is due to:

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About the Author

Rachel Burnside

Rachel Burnside, Ph.D., MBA leads global marketing for Beckman Coulter’s Hematology Business Unit, and has extensive clinical diagnostic laboratory experience, serving as a lab director for over a decade. She completed a Ph.D. in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the University of Kentucky, and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Health Sector Management.

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