Which patient groups have the highest incidence of bacterial sepsis?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Amber Mahmood Bokhari, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The incidence of sepsis and the number of sepsis-related deaths are increasing because of an increased use of immunosuppressive medications. The incidence varies by race and sex. The highest incidence is among black males. The incidence also shows seasonal variation, with the highest number of cases in winter, probably because of the increased prevalence of respiratory infections during this season. Older patients (≥65 years) account for most (60%-85%) sepsis cases, attributable to multiple comorbidities and frequent hospitalizations. [17]


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