A Kaiser cohort study published in JAMA shows that sepsis contributes to up to 52% of hospital deaths. More than $20 billion was spent in 2011 on treatment according to an AHRQ H-CUP statistical brief.
Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential in improving patient outcomes. Know the signs. Refer to the COH Sepsis Pocket Cards.
Patients and families needing a good basic explanation of what sepsis is can find it on MedlinePlus (or you can print it out for them).