What is the incidence of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) in sepsis?

Updated: Jan 27, 2020
  • Author: Ali H Al-Khafaji, MD, MPH, FACP, FCCP, FCCM; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Estimating the exact incidence of sepsis throughout the world is difficult. Studies vary in their methods of determining the incidence of sepsis. [11] [#IntroductionFrequencyUnitedStates]Current estimates suggest that the incidence of sepsis is greater than 500,000 cases per year. Reported prevalence rates for SIRS of sepsis range from 20% to 60%. A French study found that severe sepsis was present in 6.3% of all admissions to the intensive care unit (ICU). [12] These figures may be usefully compared with those reported by Martin et al [13] and by Blanco et al. [14] Approximately 40% of patients with sepsis may develop septic shock. Patients who are at risk include those with positive blood cultures.

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