Anatomy of Sepsis: Most Cases Start Outside the Hospital
Most health care providers think of sepsis as a problem in the ICU, but a recent report by the CDC has found that 80% of patients diagnosed with sepsis developed the condition outside the hospital. In addition, seven in 10 patients with sepsis used health care services or had chronic diseases that required frequent medical care (Vital Signs 2016 Aug 24. [Published online]).

This is new and surprising information, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said in a press briefing. “We’ve been focusing on and making progress reducing sepsis in the hospital in ICUs, long-term care facilities and elsewhere.”....