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Sepsis: Modern Day Killer

"Sepsis is referred to as the ""deadliest killer you've never heard of,"" and the World Health Organization has also made an official resolution urging all of its member states to have national action plans in place to combat it. Every year, sepsis causes 1 in 5 fatalities globally. The annual death toll is estimated to be 6 million in the world, which is a burden on health equivalent to tobacco. According to the current international definition of sepsis, the condition develops when the body's defenses against an infection result in organ malfunction. Sepsis can damage any organ and cause a wide range of symptoms depending on the infection. It may lead to confusion if the brain is involved, and breathing problems if the lungs are impacted. The aged and very young people, as well as anyone with pre-existing health complications, are particularly at danger. Sepsis is a widespread and deadly medical condition that soaks up a significant amount of resources. The mortality rate is still significant, and there are severe long-term repercussions, such as total disability."

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MD, IDCC, FNB (Critical Care), FICCM, FCCP, European Diploma in Intensive Care CIC, Acute Medicine (RCP-UK)

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"Sepsis is referred to as the ""deadliest killer you've never heard of,"" and the World Health Organization has also made an official resolution urging all of its member states to have national action plans in place to combat it. Every year, sepsis causes 1 in 5 fatalities globally. The annual death toll is estimated to be 6 million in the world, which is a burden on health equivalent to tobacco. According to the current international definition of sepsis, the condition develops when the body's defenses against an infection result in organ malfunction. Sepsis can damage any organ and cause a wide range of symptoms depending on the infection. It may lead to confusion if the brain is involved, and breathing problems if the lungs are impacted. The aged and very young people, as well as anyone with pre-existing health complications, are particularly at danger. Sepsis is a widespread and deadly medical condition that soaks up a significant amount of resources. The mortality rate is still significant, and there are severe long-term repercussions, such as total disability."