Today, research has been published by JAMA Network Open about the risks for sepsis survivors. 

According to analysis of national data by a Guy’s and St Thomas’ doctor, patients who survive sepsis are at higher risk of death for up to five years.

The research, published in JAMA Network Open, found that 15% of sepsis survivors died within a year of leaving hospital, with a further 6% to 8% dying every year over the next five years.

Here’s a comment from our CEO Dr Ron Daniels on the findings:

“It’s important that we don’t allow these new findings to cause undue alarm for those recovering from sepsis. This research focuses specifically on patients admitted to intensive care units, who are already at higher risk of death or long term complications following sepsis. Whilst many survivors experience physical, physiological and emotional after-effects, the majority of people who survive sepsis will make a full recovery. 

However, this kind of research is important as it highlights the need for better resources to inform survivors about the potential risks following sepsis, and better follow-up services for those people.”

For more information about recovery after sepsis, take a look at the resources available on our website here.

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