Research released today by The Lancet shows Sepsis is associated with 1 in 5 deaths worldwide, more than from cancer.
Sepsis is a reaction to an infection that can result in life-threatening organ dysfunction.
Hundreds of millions of individual death records were analysed and figures show there were 11 million deaths caused by and almost 50 million cases of the condition worldwide in 2017.
New study on #Sepsis: 48.9 million cases in 2017 and 11 million deaths. The research confirms the urgent need for policymakers, healthcare providers, clinicians & researchers to work together to implement national sepsis strategies #StopSepsisEU https://t.co/jtqFDrrzc2 pic.twitter.com/5kB3lKvoZo
— Health First Europe 🇪🇺 (@HealthFirstEU) January 17, 2020
The picture in the South West looks to be improving. Deaths due to sepsis fell, according to The Office of National Statistics in 2018 compared to the figure from the year before.
The study shows that two in five cases of sepsis are found in children. BUzz will be speaking to Kavita Butler from Mini First Aid about spotting Sepsis in children later today.