Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening, imbalanced response to a severe infection. The condition affects 1.7 million people and takes 270,000 lives in the U.S. every year. This year, we face additional risks because of the threat of COVID-19.
A study published in June 2019 found that combining rapid blood culture identification (BCID) testing with antimicrobial stewardship initiatives yielded a decrease in broad spectrum antibiotic use.
A 2018 paper jointly published by three leading infectious disease organizations (APIC, SHEA, and SIDP) stated that infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship programs are inextricably linked.
As major progress was made in reducing the impact of other diseases, hepatitis became what the World Health Organization (WHO) refers to as a long-neglected epidemic, causing devastating and complex health problems. No longer overshadowed, hepatitis has moved into the spotlight as one of the world’s leading causes of death.