Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Australian study of intensive care shows how to halve deaths from sepsis

SPHPM’s Dr Rinaldo Bellomo is attending the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in Brussels to present a ten year Australian study which reveals that Australia and New Zealand have the lowest reported rate of mortality for ICU sepsis in the world.

The study published today, reveals how a bi-national approach to intensive care has halved the mortality of patients entering intensive care units in Australia and New Zealand over a decade.
Sepsis is a major cause of patients entering ICUs worldwide. In the US septicaemia was the single most expensive reason for hospitalisation in 2011.

The study looked at more than 1 million patients admitted to Australian and New Zealand hospitals from 2000 to 2012. Over this time the number of patients entering ICUs with sepsis increased from 7.2% in 2000 to 11.1% over the twelve years. However, over the same time-span, deaths from sepsis in ICUs dropped from 35% to 18.4%. More importantly young to middle-aged patients with few other medical issues other than sepsis had mortality rates of less than 5% by 2012.

The paper is also published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).


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