3rd June 2019 - Long-term research into sepsis finds that 15% of sepsis survivors died within a year of leaving hospital, with a further 6% to 8% dying every year over the next five years.
Dr Manu Shankar-Hari from Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital has led research into the long-term effects of sepsis, recently published in JAMA Network Open. The study analysed data from 94,748 sepsis survivors, who recovered following their admissions with sepsis to 200 Intensive Care Units in England. The research found that 15% of sepsis survivors died within a year of leaving hospital, with a further 6% to 8% dying every year over the next five years.
Dr Shankar-Hari said: “This is the first report of long-term risk of death in sepsis survivors using national data from England. We now know the magnitude of this long-term risk of death in sepsis survivors.
“Being able to identify patients at the highest risk is key for us as clinicians, as it helps to plan ongoing care. Given what we now know, we will be trying to find out what the best interventions are to prevent these deaths, how to identify those sepsis survivors who are at greatest risk and more likely to benefit the most from such interventions. More importantly, this new research informs the health policy debate around how to plan follow-up care of sepsis survivors and critical illness survivors in general.” (NIHR, 2019)
Sepsis effects at least 240,000 people every year with up to 46,000 a year dying. The earlier sepsis is identified, the more radiply it can be treated.
Further details on the study can be found at https://www.guysandstthomasbrc.nihr.ac.uk/2019/05/31/risk-of-death-for-sepsis-survivors-lasts-for-up-to-five-years/