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Sepsis a Leading Cause of Death in U.S. Hospitals but many Deaths may not be Preventable

Sepsis a Leading Cause of Death in U.S. Hospitals but Many Deaths May Not be Preventable

By Infection Control Today

Sepsis is a major contributor to disability, death and health care costs in the United States and worldwide. A growing recognition of the high burden of sepsis as well as media coverage of high-profile, sepsis-induced deaths have catalyzed new efforts to prevent and manage the disease.

While new initiatives have been beneficial in paving the road toward better detection and treatment of sepsis, the role of sepsis in associated deaths and their preventability remain largely unknown.

Hospital Fires 23 Workers in Case of Excessive Doses, Deaths

Hospital fires 23 workers in case of excessive doses, deaths

By Kantele Franko

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio hospital system where excessive painkiller doses were given to dozens of patients who died fired 23 nurses, pharmacists and managers Thursday and said it is changing leadership, a sign that professional fallout from the scandal has expanded far beyond the intensive care doctor accused of ordering the drugs.