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.
Despite being highly preventable, maternal sepsis continues to be a major cause of death for pregnant or recently pregnant women around the world. Pregnancy-related infections and sepsis are the third most common cause of maternal deaths and the underlying cause of 15% of all maternal deaths.