TrendLens February 15, 2018: TrendTracking the Economic Cost of Sepsis across the Care Continuum

Lisa Remington

Welcome to TrendLens‚Ķtrends bending the curve in home health and post-acute care. In this issue of TrendLens, we focus on Sepsis. Sepsis is the #1 cause of readmissions. Learn the key facts about Sepsis. How should your organization manage Sepsis?  In this TrendLens, we provided clinical resources and valuable readmissions information.

Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group

The economic cost of Sepsis is staggering.

  • Sepsis is the #1 cost of hospitalization in the U.S. consuming more than $24 billion each year.1
  • The average cost per hospital stay for Sepsis is $18,400, double the average cost per stay across all other conditions. 2
  • Sepsis is the #1 cause for readmissions to the hospital costing more than  $2 billion annually.3

The National Institute of General Medical Science defines Sepsis as a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. The body releases immune chemicals into the blood to combat the infection. Those chemicals trigger widespread inflammation, which leads to blood clots and leaky blood vessels. As a result, blood flow is impaired, and organs are deprived of nutrients and oxygen leading to organ damage.