Why has the incidence of sepsis in the US been increasing in recent years?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Answer

The incidence of sepsis has been growing in recent decades, for reasons that likely include the following:

  • An increasingly elderly population

  • Increased recognition of the disease

  • Increased performance of invasive procedures and organ transplantation

  • Increased use of immunosuppressive agents and chemotherapy

  • Increased use of indwelling lines and devices

  • A rise in chronic diseases such as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and HIV infection


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