Sepsis-related Mortality Among Adults Aged 65 and Over: United States, 2019

NCHS releases new report that describes sepsis-related mortality among adults aged 65 and over by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and urbanicity.

Key Findings:

  • Sepsis-related death rates for adults aged 65 and over varied from 2000 through 2019 but generally declined over this period.
  • Among adults aged 65 and over, sepsis-related death rates in 2019 increased with age; rates were about five times higher among adults aged 85 and over (750.0 per 100,000) compared with adults aged 65–74 (150.7).
  • In 2019, sepsis-related death rates for adults aged 65 and over were highest among non-Hispanic black adults (377.4 per 100,000) compared with non-Hispanic white (275.7), non-Hispanic Asian (180.0), and Hispanic (246.4) adults.
  • Among adults aged 65 and over, sepsis-related death rates in 2019 were higher in rural areas compared with urban areas.

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