Sepsis incidence and mortality are underestimated in Australian intensive care unit administrative data

David Pilcher, Sue Huckson and Peter Hicks
Med J Aust 2019; 210 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50019
Published online: 4 March 2019

TO THE EDITOR: We congratulate Heldens and colleagues1 for their work investigating the prevalence and mortality of sepsis within a tertiary hospital intensive care unit (ICU). As the authors rightly point out in their article and podcast, this requires careful screening, consistent diagnostic criteria, and considerable time and effort.

  • David Pilcher1,2
  • Sue Huckson2,3
  • Peter Hicks4

  • 1 The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 4 Wellington Regional Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand


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