11 findings on sepsis in 2019

The findings are presented in order of publication in Becker's Hospital Review, from January through May 14.

1. A mouse model study found that Western diets, which are typically high in fat and sugar, can increase chronic inflammation, sepsis severity and mortality rates.

2. An antidepressant used for obsessive compulsive disorder could also help treat patients with sepsis, according to a recent study.

3. Sepsis is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, but improved hospital care alone may not be enough to prevent the deadly condition, a recent study shows.

4. Researchers in the U.K. created a test that can detect sepsis in as little as 2.5 minutes.

5. Researchers found hospital-onset sepsis was associated with higher risk of hospital death compared to community-onset sepsis and patients without sepsis.

6. A recent study shows sepsis is significantly associated with increased risk for eight types of cancer, including colon cancer and lung cancer.

7. Only 52 percent of more than 1,300 emergency medical services practitioners surveyed said they are very confident in their ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis, a survey conducted by the Sepsis Alliance and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians found.

8. Researchers at University of British Columbia in Canada discovered a protein "switch" that could stop sepsis progression and increase patients' chances of surviving the life-threatening condition.

9. The median time to readmission was 11 days for sepsis patients, a recent study shows.

10. The average cost of treating sepsis has grown more than 20 percent since 2015, according to an analysis from healthcare consultant Premier.

11. Early detection of deterioration and sepsis is among the top priority research topics in pediatrics, a recent study found.

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