One in every 100 patients going to A&E has sepsis
One in every 100 patients attending A&E has sepsis, a serious complication of infection, according to a new study.
Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.
In Ireland, up to 60pc of all hospital deaths have a sepsis or infection diagnosis, the research in the 'Irish Medical Journal' revealed.
This study was led by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland medical school and carried out in the emergency department of Beaumont Hospital. It showed that patients with severe sepsis or septic shock were significantly older.
This is consistent with previous studies reporting sepsis as a disease of the elderly.
It was explained in part by these patients tending to have more than one illness, suffering a lowered immune system, and also having a reduced ability to fight off infections, the study added.
The most common suspected source of sepsis was the respiratory system, the researchers found.