Maija Kaukonen,an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre and in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, together with Dave Pilcher from Alfred ICU and Rinaldo Bellomo from the Austin ICU author a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Mortality Related to Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Among Critically Ill Patients in Australia and New Zealand, 2000-2012 , that receives wide press coverage across the world. The paper reveals that the death rate from septicaemia has nearly halved from 35 per cent in 2000 to 18 per cent in 2012.
They said that an improving survival rate for all patients in intensive care over the same period - not just among those with sepsis - suggested overall changes in ICU practice were responsible for the trend, rather than the management of sepsis alone.
Professor Bellomo said he believed superior attention to detail and one-on-one nursing - a unique feature of intensive-care units in Australia - were responsible for the world-leading result.
Coverage included the following:
Sepsis deaths falling in intensive care units, study finds, The Age.
Study shows how a country can halve deaths from sepsis, ABC News.
Study shows how a country can halve deaths from sepsis, ABC Radio.
Sepsis deaths falling in intensive care units, study finds, The Border Mail.
Risk of sepsis death in ICU halved, Radio Newzealand.
Dramatic boost for ICU infection survival, News.com.au.
Monash-led study reveals how to halve the number of deaths from septicaemia, Monash University website.
Study: Decrease in Risk of Death Among ICU Patients With Severe Sepsis, HealthManagement Journal.
Outcomes improving in ICU-treated sepsis, News Daily.
Study Finds Risk of Death Among ICU Patients With Severe Sepsis Has Decreased, JAMA News.
Sepsis deaths falling in intensive care units, study finds, All News Australia.
Study finds risk of death among ICU patients with severe sepsis has decreased, Netkafa.
ICU Patients Face Lower Risk Of Fatal Sepsis When They're Discharged Earlier, Medical Daily.
Study finds risk of death among ICU patients with severe sepsis has decreased, Health Host.
ISICEM: Mortality Down for Critically Ill With Severe Sepsis, Doctors Lounge.
Study finds risk of death among ICU patients with severe sepsis has decreased in Australia, New Zealand, Nephrology News and Issues.
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