Article Abstract

Reducing exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics for bloodstream infection

Authors: J. Scott VanEpps

Abstract

Sepsis is an overwhelming, dysregulated inflammatory response caused by infection (1) and commonly results specifically from bloodstream infections (BSI). Annually, there are well over 19 million world-wide cases of sepsis with more than a million in the US (2). With annual costs exceeding $20 billion, sepsis is the most expensive condition treated in US hospitals (3).