Severe Sepsis

Scope and Impact of the Problem

Severe sepsis is a major healthcare problem that affects millions of people around the world each year with an extremely high mortality rate of 30 to 60 percent.

Mortality from sepsis is greater than breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer combined and is the number one cause of death in the noncoronary ICU. The incidence of severe sepsis is expected to double over the next 25 to 30 years.

Full AACN Practice Alert TM

Severe Sepsis Practice Alert [PDF: 4/2010]

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