Sepsis: Third leading cause of death
In Germany, every year about 154,000 people develop a sepsis. About 56,000 of them die, that is 154 people per day. By comparison, 2 people die of AIDS each day, 106 people of lung cancer.
Besides, sepsis is the leading cause of death on noncardiac intensive care units.
The incidence among industrial countries (without Germany) is determined with 51 - 300 per 100,000 inhabitants, which is higher than the incidence of diseases like colon cancer (50 / 100.000), breast cancer (110 / 100.000) and AIDS (17 / 100.000).
The figures are based on a representative study which was conducted in 2003/2004 by the competence network sepsis (SepNet).
Short study information
Number of hospitals: 310
Number of ICUs: 454
Period: 15.01.2003 – 14.01.2004
Infections that are acquired in hospitals are called nosocomial infections.
The most common nosocomial infections are urinary tract infections (40%), lower respiratory tract infections (20%) and surgical wound infections (15%), followed by catheter-associated infections (8%).