Sepsis Hospitalizations in Pennsylvania

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This brief highlights recent findings on sepsis-related hospitalizations. Sepsis is an inflammatory response to infection that can lead to life-threatening acute organ dysfunction. Key points include:

  • The number of sepsis-related hospitalizations increased 89% between 2008 and 2016.
  • In 2016, sepsis-related hospitalizations amounted to an estimated $1.69 billion in hospital payments.
  • The in-hospital mortality rate for sepsis patients was 10.5% in 2016. Almost 20% of sepsis patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.

Additional findings, as well as county rates, are included in the brief.

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