Such findings, scientists from the University of Washington posted in the British medical journal Lancet, writes CNN. 11 million deaths from sepsis make up one fifth of all deaths in the world.
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The publication reports that almost half of the deaths occurred in children and adolescents, in 85% of cases they were residents of low and middle income countries. The "top ten" in the list with the highest mortality from sepsis are the countries of Africa.
In the first place is the Central African Republic, where 771 deaths occur in 100 thousand patients. Then the ranking of the ten most dangerous countries is closed by Chad, South Sudan, Lesotho, Somalia, Niger, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone.
Sad statistics: from sepsis, the highest mortality in Africa / Unsplash
But in developed countries, statistics are gloomy. For example, in the UK annually there are about 48 thousand deaths from sepsis, the report says.
My colleagues, who treat patients locally in low- and middle-income countries daily, have been saying for many years that sepsis is a major problem,
– said scientist Christina Rudd.
Sepsis – what is it? This is a serious disease that occurs in the body with excessive or insufficient reaction of the body to an infectious disease (infection).
What to do with the spread of the disease?
In order to reduce the number of cases of sepsis, it is necessary to reduce the number of cases. For many countries, this means: providing good sanitation, clean water and access to vaccines.
It is also necessary to improve the detection of a disease in a person in order to treat this before it is too late.
“We are wary of finding that mortality from sepsis is much higher than before. In addition, the disease can be prevented and sepsis can be treated,” said Professor Mohsen Nagavi.
Who is at risk?
Sepsis can develop in any person with an infectious disease, but at risk: elderly people, pregnant women, newborns, hospitalized patients and people with HIV and AIDS, cirrhosis, cancer, kidney diseases, etc.
• increased body temperature (more than 38 degrees) or significantly lower temperature (less than 36 degrees);
• blood pressure is much lower than usual;
• heart rate is much higher than usual;
• shortness of breath;
• weakness, exhaustion;
• confusion, changes in normal behavior;
• decreased urine output.
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