One in six sepsis patients die within a year of leaving hospital, a study has found, prompting calls for better post-infection care.
The first research to analyse long-term outcomes also found that a further six to eight per cent of sepsis patients who recover from the condition die each year over the following five years.
Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection, which occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts and begins attacking organs and tissues.
It can lead to multiple organ failure and death if it is not spotted in time.
There are approximately 250,000 cases of sepsis every year in the UK.
The research, led by Dr Manu Shankar-Hari, from Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London, included data on 94,748 patients from 192 critical care units in England.
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