QuickStats: Sepsis-Related* Death Rates† Among Persons Aged ≥65 Years, by Age Group and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021
Weekly / September 22, 2023 / 72(38);1043
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* Deaths with septicemia or sepsis as the underlying or a contributing cause were identified using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision multiple cause of death codes A40–A41. For mortality statistics, sepsis and septicemia are synonymous and used interchangeably for classification purposes.
† Crude rate of deaths per 100,000 population; 95% CIs indicated by error bars.
In 2021, the sepsis-related death rate among persons aged ≥65 years was 330.9 deaths per 100,000 population; the rate among men (371.7) was higher than that among women (297.4). Sepsis-related death rates among men were higher than those among women in each age group: 232.7 versus 173.0 (65–74 years), 477.3 versus 349.8 (75–84 years), and 1,037.8 versus 755.5 (≥85 years). Sepsis-related death rates increased with age from 201.1 among persons aged 65–74 years to 858.3 among those aged ≥85 years. Sepsis-related death rates increased with age among both men and women.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality Data, 2021. https://wonder.cdc.gov/mcd.html
Reported by: Yelena Gorina, MS, MPH, Ygorina@cdc.gov; Ellen A. Kramarow, PhD.
For more information on this topic, CDC recommends the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Sepsis-Related Death Rates Among Persons Aged ≥65 Years, by Age Group and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2023;72:1043. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7238a5.
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