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Health Tip: Recognizing Sepsis

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Sepsis is the body's deadly response to an infection that lurks in the tissues and organs. More than 1.5 million people in the United States get sepsis each year, and at least 250,000 die from it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. While anyone can develop sepsis, it typically occurs in people aged 65 or older, people with weakened immune systems and among people with chronic ...

3 Factors That Could Raise Your Risk of Bloodstream Infection

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Serious bloodstream infections are more common among smokers who are both obese and inactive, a new Norwegian study reveals. The bloodstream infection is known as sepsis. People who develop sepsis have an over 20 percent risk of death from the infection, the researchers noted. Each year, sepsis claims the lives of 6 million people worldwide. To see what might boost the ...

Heart Risk Up if Hospitalized for Pneumonia or Sepsis

Posted 12 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – Adults who've been hospitalized with pneumonia or sepsis have a higher risk of heart disease, a new European study reports. Researchers examined data from nearly 237,000 Swedish men. They were followed from age 18 into middle age. The study found that those admitted to the hospital with pneumonia or sepsis (a bacterial infection of the blood) had a six times higher risk ...

Hospital Protocol Helps Thwart Serious Infection

Posted 24 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 – A new regulation requires New York state hospitals to follow a protocol to rapidly diagnosis and treat the potentially fatal infection known as sepsis, and research suggests it's saving lives. The mandate was implemented after the death of 12-year-old Rory Staunton from undiagnosed sepsis in 2012. After the boy died, "Rory's Regulations" was passed in New York in 2013. ...

Overcrowded ERs Risky for Some Seriously Ill Patients

Posted 21 May 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 21, 2017 – People with the potentially life-threatening infection complication known as sepsis are less likely to receive immediate antibiotic treatment in overcrowded emergency departments, researchers say. "Prompt initiation of appropriate antibiotics is the cornerstone of high-quality sepsis care, a fact emphasized in Medicare quality measures and international guidelines," said ...

Patients May Quickly Lose Beneficial Gut Bacteria in the ICU

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 – Intensive care patients have a significant loss of helpful gut bacteria within days of entering the hospital, a new study finds. These bacteria help keep people well. Losing them puts patients at risk for hospital-acquired infections that may lead to sepsis, organ failure and even death, according to the researchers. For the study, the investigators analyzed gut ...

Fast Action Can Prevent Sepsis Death: CDC

Posted 23 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – Many cases of life-threatening sepsis could be recognized and treated long before it causes severe illness or death, U.S. health officials report. Sepsis, or septicemia, occurs when the body has an extreme response to an infection. Without prompt treatment, organ failure can quickly follow. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that ...

Persistent Critical Illness May Keep Patients From Leaving ICU

Posted 5 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – A small group of patients uses one-third of intensive care unit resources, a new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from more than one million ICU patients in Australia and New Zealand, and found that just 5 percent of them accounted for 33 percent of all days that ICU beds got used. These are critically ill patients who go from one health crisis to another and ...

Families Like Looser ICU Visitation Policies

Posted 4 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 – Many hospitals still restrict who can visit critically ill patients and when. But new survey results suggest that lifting such restrictions can improve family satisfaction and patient well-being. "The term 'visiting hours' is obsolete due to the growing evidence related to the wide-ranging benefits of open access for ICU [intensive-care unit] families," said senior study ...

Families of Critically Ill Patients Need Extra Support, Too

Posted 31 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2015 – When a loved one is admitted to a hospital intensive care unit (ICU), family members need support, too. "Families are totally unprepared for a sudden injury and overwhelmed when it is a very serious injury. Families need a road map to guide them through their worst moments, and that is my job," said Kelly McElligott, a clinical social worker in the burn center at Loyola ...

Improper Antibiotic Use Often Due to Misdiagnosis: Study

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – Misdiagnosis often leads to improper antibiotic use in hospitals, new research finds. Incorrect antibiotic use can cause patient harm, reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics and increase health care costs, the researchers noted. "Antibiotic therapies are used for approximately 56 percent of inpatients in U.S. hospitals, but are found to be inappropriate in nearly half ...

Researchers Hone in on Genes Linked to Serious Blood Infection

Posted 13 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – It might be possible to develop a blood test that would diagnose severe blood infections (sepsis) at an earlier stage than can be done currently, new research suggests. Stanford University researchers have identified a pattern of gene activity associated specifically with sepsis. Sepsis is the leading cause of hospital deaths in the United States, according to the ...

Hospitalizations After Severe Blood Infections May Be Preventable

Posted 10 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 – When people survive life-threatening blood infections, it's common for them to land back in the hospital within a few months. But a new study suggests that could often be avoided. The research, published in the March 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, focused on older Americans who were hospitalized for a severe blood infection, also known as ...

Hospital Infection Rates Falling, But More Improvement Needed: CDC

Posted 14 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 – Rates of many types of hospital-acquired infections are on the decline, but more work is needed to protect patients, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. "Hospitals have made real progress to reduce some types of health care-associated infections – it can be done," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Wednesday in an agency news release. ...

Many Hospitals Ineffectively Treat Bloodstream Infections, Study Suggests

Posted 18 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 – More than one-third of community hospital patients with serious bloodstream infections receive inappropriate antibiotic treatment, according to a new study. Most Americans use community care hospitals, rather than those that provide highly specialized care (tertiary care centers), according to the authors of the study, which was published March 18 in the journal PLoS ...

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