Inpatient care for septicemia or sepsis : a challenge for patients and hospitals
Published Date:June 2011
Source:NCHS data brief ; no. 62
Corporate Authors:National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)
Aged, 80 And Over
Length Of Stay/economics
Length Of Stay/United States/Statistics
Patient Discharge/United States/Statistics
Patient Transfer/United States/Statistics
Series:NCHS data brief ;
Description:DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 2011–1209
Septicemia and sepsis are serious bloodstream infections that can rapidly become life-threatening. They arise from various infections, including those of the skin, lungs, abdomen, and urinary tract. Patients with these conditions are often treated in a hospital’s intensive care unit. Early aggressive treatment increases the chance of survival. In 2008, an estimated $14.6 billion was spent on hospitalizations for septicemia, and from 1997 through 2008, the inflation-adjusted aggregate costs for treating patients hospitalized for this condition increased on average annually by 11.9%. Despite high treatment expenditures, septicemia and sepsis are often fatal. Those who survive severe sepsis are more likely to have permanent organ damage, cognitive impairment, and physical disability. Septicemia is a leading cause of death. The purpose of this report is to describe the most recent trends in care for hospital inpatients with these diagnoses.
Suggested citation:Hall MJ, Williams SN, DeFrances CJ, Golosinskiy A. Inpatient care for septicemia or sepsis: A challenge for patients and hospitals. NCHS data brief, no 62. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2011.
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