The wrong antibiotic therapy for severe sepsis is deadly
“Addie deteriorated rapidly and wouldn’t leave her bed for more than four months. As a nurse, I knew what sepsis was. As a mom, I was terrified.” — Tonya

Sepsis: A problem that affects us all

  • Survival rates of patients with severe sepsis decreases every hour they are treated with an ineffective antimicrobial therapy.
  • More people die from sepsis than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.
  • 80 percent of sepsis deaths could be prevented with rapid treatment and diagnosis.
  • Sepsis is the #1 cost of hospitalization in the U.S. consuming more than $24 billion a year.
  • Sepsis affects more than 26 million people worldwide and is the largest killer of children with more than 5 million deaths each year.
  • Almost 90% of the public have never even heard of sepsis, and of those who have, less than 60% realize it is a leading cause of death.


Sources:
Sepsis Alliance
Vincent JL. Increasing awareness of sepsis: World Sepsis Day. Crit Care. 2012


Changing the rules of the game

As health care systems invest in early sepsis warning systems and care bundles aimed at stabilizing these patients, antibiotic resistance continues to make it more difficult to cure them without serious collateral damage, like C. difficile infections.

Physicians need more time and better infection intelligence to confidently optimize antibiotic therapy for these patients. Read how the University Health Care System of Augusta is reducing sepsis mortality by expediting antibiotic optimization.

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Protecting your investment with earlier information

Your physicians, nurses and technicians put it all on the line for patients experiencing septic shock. They often have to make decisions without information. We help hospitals leverage systems, diagnostics, and stewardship programs to reduce this period of uncertainty, delivering greater confidence of optimal therapy days earlier.

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