September is sepsis awareness month: 5 recent stories on the life-threatening condition

The CDC recognizes September as Sepsis Awareness Month. Here are five recent stories from Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality on the life-threatening condition that affects more than 1 million U.S. patients each year.

1. CDC video emphasizes important of early sepsis detection
The CDC posted a video featuring Tom Frieden, MD, the agency's director, to help kick off Sepsis Awareness Month. It is the first of many educational videos and resources the agency will be posting during September.

2. National hospital organizations criticize CMS sepsis management measure
Four national hospital organizations sent CMS a letter urging the federal agency to suspend plans to implement an inpatient quality reporting measure for severe sepsis and septic shock management on Oct. 1.

3. 3 advances in septic shock diagnosis and treatment
JAMA published new advances in diagnosing and treating sepsis in hopes of reducing the number of people affected by this clinical emergency.

4. New algorithm can help detect sepsis earlier
Researchers from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore developed a computer algorithm that could correctly predict septic shock in 85 percent of studied cases without increasing the number of false positives.

5. Research links liver to pneumonia, sepsis susceptibility
For the first time, researchers revealed a direct link between liver-produced molecules and pneumonia susceptibility during sepsis.

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