October 21, 2016
Rates of severe sepsis are higher than estimated in most studies, according to a retrospective review of patients on IV antibiotics in Sweden.
“The incidence of traditional severe sepsis was higher than in most preceding studies, which is not surprising since many studies are based on discharge diagnoses and have proven to fail to register many episodes,” Lisa Mellhammar, MD, a clinical researcher at Lund University, and colleagues wrote in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. “Also, earlier studies have been restricted to certain wards or EDs. In this study, we screened all adult patients, who were started on IV antibiotic treatment, in all parts of all hospitals in two entire regions, and therefore identifying all both community-acquired and nosocomial sepsis cases.”