The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released the first national epidemiological snapshot of sepsis and its impact on Australians. Using hospital administrative data, this epidemiological study shows an increase in the rate of sepsis for the period 2013-14 to 2017-18. Initial exploration with advice from clinical and coding experts suggests that the increase could be explained by a combination of the changes in the Australian Coding Standards used by clinical coders, local level interpretations of the coding standards relevant to sepsis and prominent sepsis awareness campaigns. Encouragingly the study has shown mortality rates of patients with sepsis have been stable.
- Epidemiology of Sepsis in Australian Public Hospitals: A Mixed Methods, National Longitudinal Study (2013-2018). Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. February 2020 (PDF)