Sepsis is estimated to kill around 250,000 Americans each year. In 2018, the state of Tennessee alone saw nearly 1,000 deaths as a result of sepsis. Anahita Khojandi’s JDRD work could lay the foundation for improving those outcomes.
Sepsis is a body’s extreme reaction to an infection. This life-threatening condition typically occurs as a result of a pre-existing infection and has a mortality rate of around 40 percent. Survivability often depends on a patient receiving early identification and timely treatment of the condition. For every hour sepsis is undiagnosed, a patient’s mortality rate increases by 8 percent. Intensive care unit, ICU, patients are especially at risk. Continue reading