There has been a downward trend in pediatric severe sepsis and septic shock case-fatality rates between 1981 and 2016, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics. However, they found “significant disparities” in cases between developed and developing nations.
“Globally, there is a decreasing mortality risk in children with severe sepsis and septic shock over time,” Jan Hau Lee, MBBS, MRCPCH, MCI, a senior consultant at the pediatric ICU of the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor at Duke NUS Medical School in Singapore, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “However, mortality remains higher in certain continents such as Africa, Asia and South America. Efforts to test and implement strategies to improve outcomes of children with severe sepsis and septic shock in these areas are urgently required."
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