Sepsis is a life-threatening acute organ dysfunction secondary to infection and affects more than 19 million people annually. In 2017, it was estimated that almost 49 million people were infected by sepsis, and half of those cases occurred in children under 5.

In-hospital mortality has declined over the years, resulting in a large number of sepsis survivors. Emerging data suggest that patients who survive sepsis frequently experience new symptoms, long-term disability, and worsening chronic health conditions for which they will seek care from many clinicians.

Elena Conoscenti has interviewed two experts in the field who will explain better what happens in adult and paediatric patients who survived sepsis.


Elsa AFONSO. Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK).

Laura Maria ALBERTO. Universidad del Salvador (AR).

Elena CONOSCENTI. ISMETT (Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies), Palermo (IT). ESICM Nurses & Allied Healthcare Professionals Committee member.

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