The Global Sepsis Alliance has stated that COVID-19 can cause sepsis, the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection that can lead to organ damage and death. In the U.S., one in three patients who die in a hospital die of sepsis. Many different types of infections can cause sepsis, but the most common cause is pneumonia.
Hospitalizations with acute kidney injury (AKI) more than quadrupled in the US from 2000-2014 and clinicians are increasingly recognizing AKI as an in-hospital complication of sepsis, heart conditions, and surgery.
It is estimated that one out of every twenty hospitalized patients will contract an HAI. These infections are a significant cause of illness and mortality, and are the source of serious economic consequences for the US health system each year.
AKI can occur within a few hours or days and causes a build-up of waste products in our blood. It also makes it difficult for our bodies to maintain the correct balance of fluids. The build-up of waste products and fluid imbalance can also impact the brain, heart, lungs, and other organs in the body.