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[Comment] Spreading the knowledge on the epidemiology of sepsis

22:19 EDT 17 Aug 2017 | The Lancet

Notwithstanding the definition we choose, sepsis-associated short-term and long-term mortality and morbidity remain a major public health concern. From a high-income country perspective, the half-full glass (as shown by a sustained decline in mortality1,2) is counterbalanced by the half-empty glass in which the high burden of long-term cognitive and functional decline seen in survivors of long-term sepsis3 is increasingly recognised. However, in low-income and middle-income countries, the growing evidence base obtained from recent epidemiological studies of sepsis leaves us far from optimistic.

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