Researchers want sepsis treated as separate cause of illness and death – British Columbia – CBC News

Researchers argue in the Canadian Medical Association Journal this week that sepsis, a life-threatening organ malfunction, should be treated as a separate cause of illness and death around the globe.Sepsis is a life-threatening malfunction of an organ due to infection. It is linked to 25 to 30 per cent of hospital deaths worldwide, which increases to 40 to 50 per cent for patients with complications in low income countries.An estimated 30 million cases of sepsis each year result in more than eight million deaths.”Despite its burden, sepsis is not well recognized as a leading cause of death in its own right,” said Dr. Niranjan Kissoon, one of the editorial co-authors, a member of the Global Sepsis Alliance and a researcher at the University of British Columbia and British Columbia Children’s Hospital.

Source: Researchers want sepsis treated as separate cause of illness and death – British Columbia – CBC News

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