A two-part series in The New York Times about sepsis highlights the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s early detection, treatment and research. Today’s article features extensive quotes from Jeremy Boal, MD, the health system’s chief medical officer, and John D’Angelo, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s vice president of emergency medicine.
Sepsis is a complication of an infection or injury. It occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight infection trigger inflammation throughout the body. The result can be organ damage, including to the liver, heart, lungs, kidney and/or brain. Excessive damage may be irreversible or fatal. Since 2010, North Shore-LIJ sepsis programs have saved thousands of lives by reducing the sepsis mortality rate by 35 percent within the health system.