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  • Study Highlights Risks of Sepsis
    A new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham analyzing three different methods for characterizing sepsis has helped to illustrate the risk of death or severe illness attributable to the condition. The study, published online in March in Lancet ...More
    5 days ago Posted in News
  • FDA Clears Test to Manage Antibiotic Treatment for Lower Respiratory Tract Infections and Sepsis
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today cleared the expanded use of the Vidas Brahms PCT Assay to help healthcare providers determine if antibiotic treatment should be started or stopped in patients with lower respiratory tract infections, such as ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • NSAIDs Could Help Treat Sepsis, Study Suggests
    A potentially life-saving treatment for sepsis has been under our noses for decades in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) most people have in their medicine cabinets, a new University of Colorado Boulder study suggests. Each year more than 1 million people ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Septic Shock Surveillance Should be Based on Clinical Data, Not Billing Codes
    Sepsis is a major public health problem and the focus of national quality measures and performance improvement initiatives. Understanding what is happening with sepsis rates and outcomes is thus an area of great importance. However, tracking sepsis rates and outcomes is ...More
    February 13, 2017 Posted in News
  • Orexin as a Potential Drug for Treating Septic Shock
    Sepsis is a life-threatening condition due to excessive immune responses to infection that damages the patient's own tissues and organs. In septic shock, the severest stage of sepsis, the blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level, often leading to multiple organ ...More
    February 9, 2017 Posted in News
  • NIH Scientists Study Role of Staph Toxins in Bacterial Sepsis
    Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria are a significant health concern for hospitalized infants, children and anyone with implanted medical devices. The bacteria -- typically skin dwellers -- can infect the bloodstream and cause a life-threatening condition known as sepsis. ...More
    February 2, 2017 Posted in News
  • Sepsis Trumps Four Medical Conditions Tracked by CMS for Hospital Readmission Rates
    Sepsis accounts for considerably more hospital readmissions and associated costs than any of the four medical conditions tracked by the federal government to measure quality of care and guide pay-for-performance reimbursements, according to an analysis led by the University ...More
    January 23, 2017 Posted in News
  • Routine Procalcitonin Screening Reduces Hospital Stays and Costs for Sepsis Patients
    Each year, more than $20 billion is spent on sepsis care, making it the most expensive condition managed in U.S. hospitals. Sepsis does not only carry a heavy economic cost, but a human one as well. A dangerous and often deadly condition, sepsis affects more than a million ...More
    January 10, 2017 Posted in News
  • Is Procalcitonin in Your Healthcare Facility's Antibiotic Stewardship Arsenal?
    In the short time that it takes to make my favorite meal, shrimp pad Thai (20 minutes), one equally rapid and reliable laboratory test, Procalcitonin (PCT), can quickly inform a licensed healthcare provider that their patient has a bacterial infection, not a viral ...More
    January 5, 2017 Posted in Articles
  • 'Pulling' Bacteria Out of Blood to Fight Sepsis
    Blood poisoning, or sepsis, is still fatal in more than 50 percent of cases, but can be cured if treated at an early stage. The highest priority is therefore to act quickly. For this reason, doctors usually administer antibiotics even in the event of a suspicion of blood ...More
    December 7, 2016 Posted in News
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