Sepsis: Making It Easy

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We’ve all heard the idea that if you don’t want to do something, just do it so badly that someone does it for you. It seems that mindset has now extended into the world of medicine.

Despite all the training they receive on diagnostics, doctors remain notoriously unreliable when it comes to making a quick and accurate diagnosis of sepsis. Because of this, thousands of patients continue to suffer and die every year due to misdiagnosis. Doctors for the most part don’t address this issue, but it remains a public health crisis in America. Sepsis is one of the more common causes of death and disability in the United States, and has been for decades, despite the fact that sepsis is treatable with antibiotics.

Now, researchers at Stanford University have decided that if doctors are going to diagnose sepsis so badly, someone needs to do it for them. To that end, they are developing a new test that will make a quick and accurate diagnosis of this dangerous condition. The test:

  • Looks for eleven biomarkers that indicate the presence of systemic infection
  • Could save the lives of over 500,000 Americans per year
  • Could save over 24 billion dollars in healthcare costs

Sepsis is an under-recognized killer and disabler of millions of Americans each decade. A test that bypasses doctors’ diagnostic shortcomings could be one way to seriously diminish the number of Americans who are killed and seriously injured. Another way is to use the power of the courts to compel doctors to diagnose this grave condition. If you or someone you love has suffered because of failure to diagnose sepsis, please contact an attorney to help you pressure doctors to learn and apply the proper diagnostic procedures for this disease.