Sepsis Fact Sheet

Here are some important facts about the state of sepsis in the United States and globally.

Sepsis in the United States

  • More than 1.5 million people in the United States develop sepsis each year.[i]
  • At least 270,000 people in the United States die each year from sepsis.[ii]
  • Sepsis is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals.[iii] As many of half of all patients who die in U.S. hospitals have sepsis.[iv]
  • Sepsis is increasing at a rate of 10.3% each year in the United States.[v]
  • One in five severe sepsis patients are readmitted to hospital within 30 days. Among those readmitted within 30 days, 66.9% had an infection and 40.3% had severe sepsis on readmission.[vi]
  • Sepsis begins outside the hospital for the vast majority (nearly 80%) of sepsis patients.[vii]
  • Sepsis is the most expensive condition treated un U.S. hospitals, costing nearly $24 billion annually. Sepsis is also the most expensive condition billed to Medicare.[viii]
  • The cost of sepsis is increasing annually by a rate of 11.9%.[ix]

Sepsis Around the World

  • Sepsis affects, at minimum, an estimated 30 million people around the world each year and results in at least 6 million deaths.[x]
  • In the developing world, sepsis accounts for 60-80% of lost lives per year, affecting more than 6 million newborns and children annually.[xi]

Sepsis and Children

  • Sepsis is the leading cause of death for infants and children worldwide.[xii]
  • 40,000 children in the United States are hospitalized each year with sepsis.[xiii]
  • Approximately 5,000 children in the United States die each year from sepsis.[xiv]
  • Every hour delay in treating a child with sepsis increases mortality by 8%.[xv]
  • The economic cost of treating pediatric sepsis is estimated to be $4.8 billion annually.[xvi]
  • 38% of children who survive sepsis sustain lifelong disabilities.[xvii]



















The Rory Staunton Foundation is now END SEPSIS.

Rory's story is the story of our entire community.

This new identity represents the expanded scope of our work as we build on our past successes and continue the war against sepsis.

Thank you for your continued support and we welcome you to join us in our future endeavors!

- Orlaith & Ciaran Staunton