|What is it?
Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. Sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Sepsis is difficult to identify, diagnose and treat. Increasing awareness about sepsis among the public, health care providers and health care facilities is an important strategy to reduce sepsis. This includes education about the need to prevent infections that lead to sepsis, early identification of signs and symptoms, and urgent treatment when sepsis is suspected.
Once in the hospital setting, patients should receive prompt assessment and treatment.
How's it measured?
The rate is per 1,000 elective surgical discharges.