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Sepsis a 'Hidden Public Health Disaster'

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2010

In an editorial in the same issue of the journal, Derek Angus MD, of the CRISMA Center, Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, suggested that the problem may represent a "hidden public health disaster."

"The new deficits were relatively more severe among patients who were in better health beforehand, possibly because there was less room for further deterioration among patients who already had poor physical or cognitive function prior to the sepsis episode," he wrote.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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