Sepsis kills thousands every year. And B.C. scientists are leading the fight to treat it

B.C. researchers are leading an new offensive against sepsis, one of the leading causes of death in Canada.

Sepsis is a condition that’s caused by an “overwhelming immune response to an infection,” according to Statistics Canada. That can lead to “widespread inflammation, swelling and blood clotting,” as well as organ damage.

One in three people diagnosed with sepsis dies from the condition within a month, said Jim Russell of St. Paul’s Hospital’s Centre for Heart Lung Innovation.

Jon Azpiri and Aaron McArthur report

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