Sepsis is more killer than cancer:Doctors and experts have warned that at the rate at which the use of antibiotics is increasing rapidly, sepsis can prove to be more dangerous than cancer and heart attack. Sepsis are the complications caused by the infection. TOI Experts have said that by 2050, the death toll from sepsis will be much higher than that of cancer and heart attack. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sepsis is a syndrome caused by infection, which is rapidly pushing patients to death due to many infectious diseases around the world. A study published in the Lancet journal showed that in 2017, 11 million deaths were due to sepsis out of 489 million cases worldwide. This means that 20 percent of the deaths due to infection were due to sepsis.
Sepsis will cause more cancer deaths by 2050
The study found that India has the highest number of sepsis deaths among South Asian countries except Afghanistan. According to Yatin Mehta, chairman of the Institute of Critical Care and Anesthesiology in Medanta, by 2050, sepsis will cause more deaths than cancer or heart attack. This is going to prove to be the biggest killer.
In developing countries like India, excessive use of antibiotics is causing high mortality. This is because many common diseases like dengue, malaria, UTI or even diarrhea can lead to sepsis. Apart from the use of antibiotics, lack of awareness among experts is also the reason, Mehta said at an event. He called for raising awareness about sepsis at the grassroots level.
Sepsis is more common in newborn and pregnant women
Mehta said, despite advances in medicine, 50-60 per cent of patients in primary level hospitals develop sepsis or septic shock. Therefore, there is a need for awareness and early diagnosis. Also unnecessary antibiotics should be avoided. Former Union Health Secretary to the Government of India, Luv Verma said, “At present there is no fatal perception of sepsis among people. That is, there is not much awareness. We are way behind in this. For this we soon need Standard Operating Procedures.
In addition, all Indian agencies need to identify this in their research so that policy makers take sepsis on a priority basis. Sepsis is a leading cause of death in newborns and pregnant women. Sepsis most commonly affects the elderly, ICU patients, people with HIV, liver cirrhosis, cancer, kidney disease and autoimmune diseases.