Sepsis presents an immediate crisis. LifeFlow presents an immediate solution.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that results from the body’s overwhelming response to infection. Left untreated, sepsis leads to shock, which is inadequate delivery of oxygen to the body’s tissues and organs and which ultimately leads to organ failure and death. The organ systems most commonly affected by sepsis include the brain, lungs, kidneys and heart.
Sepsis affects millions of Americans each year, and the incidence of mortality in sepsis patients can reach up to 30%. In the U.S., over 200,000 people die each year, accounting for more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.
The number of hospital admissions for sepsis has more than tripled in the last decade, overtaking heart attack and stroke. Sepsis is the leading cause of death among hospitalized patients, and the single most expensive condition treated in US hospitals, with over $24 billion spent each year.
The CDC has declared sepsis a medical emergency and emphasizes that early recognition and aggressive treatment saves lives. During sepsis, blood vessels dilate and become “leaky”, resulting in a loss of volume within the circulatory system. In the severest form of sepsis, called septic shock, early and aggressive fluid administration can reverse shock and restore tissue perfusion.
LifeFlow offers the opportunity to improve the care of the sickest patients most at risk of complications from shock and sepsis, saving lives and significantly reducing hospital expenses.