What is the prognosis of bacterial sepsis?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Sepsis is a common cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. The prognosis depends on underlying health status and host defenses, prompt and adequate surgical drainage of abscesses, relief of any obstruction of the intestinal or urinary tract, and appropriate and early empiric antimicrobial therapy. [17]

The prognosis of sepsis treated in a timely manner and with appropriate therapy is usually good, except in those with intra-abdominal or pelvic abscesses due to organ perforation. When timely and appropriate therapy has been delivered, the underlying physiologic condition of the patient determines outcome.

A systematic review by Winters et al suggested that beyond the standard 28-day in-hospital mortality endpoint, ongoing mortality in patients with sepsis remains elevated up to 2 years and beyond. [18] In addition, survivors consistently demonstrate impaired quality of life. [19]

Clinical characteristics that affect the severity of sepsis and, therefore, the outcome include the host's response to infection, the site and type of infection, and the timing and type of antimicrobial therapy.

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