This white paper provides expert guidance for hospital administrators and sepsis coordinators, who are seeking ways to address the human and financial costs of sepsis.
Sepsis remains the leading cause of hospital mortality, with septic shock carrying a 34 percent mortality rate. In absolute terms, hospital admissions for these conditions outnumber admissions for stroke, acute myocardial infarction, and trauma combined. The financial cost to U.S. health care is estimated at a staggering 33 billion dollars per year and rising; the average cost per hospitalized patient ranges from about $18,000 to over $50,000 for sepsis present on admission and hospital-acquired sepsis, respectively, making it the most expensive disease state in hospitals.
This paper provides expert guidance for hospital administrators and sepsis coordinators, who are seeking new ways to address the devastating human and financial costs of sepsis.