—By Karen Blum

Many people think that most sepsis deaths could be preventable if hospitals were better at treating the condition, but that may not be the case (JAMA Open Network 2019 Feb 15).

A records review of 568 adult patients who died in the hospital or were discharged to hospice in 2014-2015 from six U.S. academic and community hospitals found that sepsis was present in 300 cases (53%) and the immediate cause of death in 199 cases (35%). However, only 4% of these sepsis deaths were