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2013-09-24 10:58:46

Study shows need for improved detection of sepsis for all women in labor Rates of severe sepsis and deaths from sepsis among U.S. women hospitalized for delivery have risen sharply over the last decade, reports a study in the October issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). "Maternal severe sepsis and sepsis-related deaths are increasing in the United States," concludes the report by Dr Melissa E. Bauer of University...

2013-04-16 12:40:46

Average annual incidence of sepsis, a leading killer, varies by as much as 3.5-fold depending on method used Though the toll of sepsis is known to be enormous — it is estimated to cost the U.S. health care system $24.3 billion each year, and is the nation's third-leading killer, behind heart disease and cancer — the true magnitude of incidence of and death from the illness remains unknown. There is substantial variability in these numbers, depending on the method used to...

2013-01-24 12:27:08

DENVER, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical Simulation Corporation's (MSC) SimSuite Sepsis Quality Initiative Program, focusing on the early identification and treatment of sepsis, is aligned with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guidelines. Following the January 20 release of the guidelines for management of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock, MSC is currently updating its sepsis curriculum and knowledge assessments to reflect the revised guidelines. MSC's updated Sepsis...

2012-11-14 14:30:31

Early changes in liver function detected by novel techniques can identify severe infection (sepsis) hours after onset and so could have important implications for the treatment of patients who are critically ill, according to a groundbreaking study by European researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. Almost half of all people who develop severe sepsis die as this life-threatening condition often develops quickly and is often diagnosed too late to save the patient's life. In...

2012-07-19 00:40:08

As severe sepsis becomes a silent epidemic among the elderly, greater mental health screenings may be necessary for spouses Severe sepsis, a body´s dangerous defensive response against an infection, not only diminishes the quality of life for patients — it puts their spouses at a greater risk of depression, a joint University of Michigan Health System and University of Washington School of Medicine study shows. Wives whose husbands were hospitalized for severe sepsis were...

2012-05-22 02:10:45

Frank M. Brunkhorst, M.D., of Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany, and colleagues conducted a study to compare the effect of the antibiotics moxifloxacin and meropenem with the effect of meropenem monotherapy on sepsis-related organ dysfunction. Early appropriate antimicrobial therapy leads to lower mortality rates associated with severe sepsis. The authors hypothesized that maximizing the potential benefit and appropriateness of initial antibiotics by using 2 antibiotics would...

2012-02-17 10:56:19

Fever control using external cooling in sedated patients with septic shock is safe and decreases vasopressor requirements and early mortality, according to a new study from researchers in France. "The benefits and risks of fever control in patients with severe sepsis remains a matter of controversy," said lead author Frédérique Schortgen, MD, PhD, of the Henri Mondor Hospital in Créteil, France. "In our study, external cooling to achieve normothermia...

2011-11-14 15:27:17

A recent study led by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) shows an increased risk of stroke and mortality among patients diagnosed with severe sepsis and new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) during hospitalization. Allan J. Walkey, MD, assistant professor of medicine at BUSM and a pulmonologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC), is the lead author of the study, which will be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Walkey also will present the...

2011-10-25 07:00:00

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announces withdrawal of its Xigris® [drotrecogin alfa (activated)] product in all markets following results of the PROWESS-SHOCK study, which showed the study did not meet the primary endpoint of a statistically significant reduction in 28-day all-cause mortality in patients with septic shock. The company is working with regulatory agencies on this withdrawal, and is in the process of notifying...

2011-08-18 14:52:40

Severe sepsis is common and often fatal, although evidence-based therapies have improved patient outcomes. In recent study, researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Orlando Regional Medical Center found that the number of severe sepsis hospitalizations per 100,000 people increased from 143 in 2000 to 343 in 2007. The mean number of organ failures per patient during hospitalization increased from 1.6 to 1.9, although the mean length of hospital stay decreased from 17.3 to 14.9...