Keyword: University of Utah School of Medicine

Doctor and nurses wheeling patient in gurney through hospital corridor

Sepsis: Delays in treatment increase odds of death

Two new studies show the dangers of delays in treatment of patients with sepsis. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that for every hour clinicians fail to complete a well-known antisepsis protocol, mortality rates in the hospital increase by as much as 4%. And delays at overcrowded ERs increase the odds of death by as much as 10%.