chapter  6
Sepsis and disseminated intravascular coagulation
ByKeith Girling
Pages 16

Sepsis remains an important and life-threatening problem

and continues to be the principal cause of death in patients

admitted to an intensive care unit. Approximately 150 000

people die annually in Europe from severe sepsis, and more

than 200 000 in the USA.1 In recent years there have been a

number of changes in our understanding and management

of sepsis, although the mortality remains high.