Monday, January 20, 2020

Sepsis Killed Approx 11 million people in 2017.

This data was published on January 18th, 2020. Hot and fresh stuff! This represents the most recent estimate of sepsis-related deaths globally. We're doing better from a mortality perspective in the developed world with the mortality, but 11 million people is the, per census data, the entire population of New York City and Chicago combined per year. That's a lot of people. 20% of worldwide deaths. Many of these occur in our own ICU's. We could and need to do better. I understand we are all going to die of something one day, but this is mostly treatable with quick identification, source control, and appropriate and timely antibiotics.

People ask me all the time why I spend so much time and energy on social media educating about the critically ill when I could instead be doing other things. At the time of this writing there are 26,122 people following along in my insanity on Instagram (thank you all, btw). As the number grows, and I may be an idealist on this, we may be able to put a dent into those 11 million deaths by keeping our practices in line with the best evidence available.

Hope you all have a great day!

- EJ


Rudd, Kristina E et al. Global, regional, and national sepsis incidence and mortality, 1990–2017: analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study. The Lancet, Volume 395, Issue 10219, 200 - 211.

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