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Sepsis and Septic Shock on the Rise, Affecting Younger Patients
Date:1/11/2010

ncreased risk of death - two-fold higher than in patients without ARIs, with an attributable mortality rate of 6.5 percent.(2)

"Sepsis is often a life-threatening condition, compounded by multidrug-resistant organisms and patients who live longer with serious underlying co-morbidities," said Mark H. Oltermann, M.D., director of the Medical ICU at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

When asked if biomarkers, or telltale biochemical indicators of infection, are used to help diagnose severe infections that could lead to sepsis, the vast majority (nearly 70 percent) of the 281 surveyed doctors said yes. However, only 6 percent of these doctors reported using procalcitonin (PCT) as a biomarker to help them manage suspected sepsis patients. When asked to qualify the improvement that PCT testing could bring to emergency and critical care patients, 51 percent said the test would dramatically improve the quality of care that patients with suspected sepsis would receive in U.S. hospitals.

"Sepsis is a disease that when diagnosed early and treated effectively, more lives can be saved than almost any other disease," Dr. Oltermann added. "It is critical that we add state-of-the art tools to our arsenal to help battle sepsis. PCT is one of those tools."

To review the complete results of the 2009 Sepsis Survey Report, which covers additional aspects of sepsis diagnosis and care, infectious diseases biomarkers, and how ED and CC physicians rank in importance the timely issues of health-care reform, liability reform, and the emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms, please visit www.biomerieux-usa.com/knowfromday1.

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