Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Infection by bacteria
Systemic inflammatory response syndrome
Septic shock

Sepsis is the body’s often deadly response to infection or injury. Sepsis kills and disables millions and requires early suspicion and treatment for survival.  Sepsis and septic shock can result from an infection anywhere in the body, such as pneumonia, influenza, and urinary tract infections. Worldwide, one-third of people who develop sepsis die. Many who do survive are left with life-changing effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and fatigue, organ dysfunction (organs don’t work properly) and/or amputations.


As an indication, the market for antiseptics (and antiseptic disinfectants) in the UK in 1986 was £33.3 million.

In the USA, more than 500,000 patients per year develop sepsis, with an estimated rising incidence of 1.5% per year (2003). The costs alone for treatment of sepsis have been calculated to be $16.7 billion per year. Mortality reports vary between 30 and 70%.

Over 2 million people receiving treatment in European hospitals die from sepsis acquired in that hospital (2018).


Most sepsis deaths could be avoided by intravenous Vitamin C administration.

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Medicine Blood
Medicine Pathology
Date of last update
10.04.2019 – 14:01 CEST