Table 1

Admissions with severe sepsis during the first 24 hours following admission to critical care

Number of critical care units

Unit-years of data

Total number of admissions

Admissions with severe sepsis (%)


1996

61

39.6

14,696

3,458 (23.5)

1997

76

67.4

25,486

6,007 (23.6)

1998

94

85.1

34,033

8,638 (25.4)

1999

103

94.5

38,567

10,257 (26.6)

2000

111

98.6

39,437

10,923 (27.7)

2001

129

110.4

47,688

13,325 (27.9)

2002

148

134.2

59,388

16,285 (27.4)

2003

151

129.3

59,527

16,594 (27.9)

2004

100

54.7

24,905

7,145 (28.7)


Totala>

172b

814.0

343,860

92,672 (27.0)


aTotal includes 55 admissions from 1995 and 78 admissions from 2005; b172 critical care units contributed data at any time during the study.

Harrison et al. Critical Care 2006 10:R42   doi:10.1186/cc4854

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