Increased risk of sepsis for people with chronic medical conditions

Chronic lung, kidney or heart disease more than doubles future sepsis risk, stroke increases the risk by 85% and having diabetes increases the risk by 71%.

The data comes from a US study called REGARDS involving more than 30,000 people and 2157 hospitalisations for sepsis.

More than half the cases involved pneumonia and other lung infections but other sites for infection included kidney and urinary tract, the abdomen and skin and soft tissue.

“While prior studies have linked medical comorbidities with severity of