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Nurse-led program cuts sepsis deaths in half

A nurse-led fast-track sepsis screening and diagnosis program cut mortality rates in half at nine California hospitals. As a condition that almost always leads to longer length of stay and often death, severe sepsis occurs in about 750,000 U.S. patients each year, with 28 percent to 50 percent of these patients dying, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovations Exchange. However, many hospitals fail to diagnose and treat sepsis in a timely fashion.