Spotting Sepsis Sooner
Using monocyte distribution width alongside white blood count raises suspicion of the condition early in identifying adult patients with sepsis or at increased risk of developing sepsis in emergency departments
Rachel Burnside | | Longer Read
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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