Sepsis, a complication of an infection caused by foreign cells infiltrating a person’s bloodstream, affects nearly two million people each year in the U.S. If not addressed quickly, the infection triggers the body’s immune system to begin attacking its own organs, resulting in a slow, weeks-long death.
“Is it bacterial? Is it fungal? If so, what species is it? Because the really good news is if you could know that information fast enough and get patients on the right drugs you could cut mortality rates in half,” McDonough told MassDevice.com.