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Sepsis Kills Thousands Every Year. And B.C. Scientists Are Leading the Fight to Treat It

By September 20, 2017September 25th, 2017No Comments

B.C. researchers are leading an new offensive against sepsis, one of the leading causes of death in Canada.

Sepsis is a condition that’s caused by an “overwhelming immune response to an infection,” according to Statistics Canada. That can lead to “widespread inflammation, swelling and blood clotting,” as well as organ damage.

When not treated quickly, it can result in organ failure and death.

It kills thousands of people every year; one in 18 deaths in Canada involved sepsisin 2011, according to StatsCan.