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Title:Variation in sepsis symptoms of hospital patients admitted from different points of origin
Author(s):Lee, Timothy
Advisor(s):Farner, Susan M.
Department / Program:Kinesiology & Community Health
Discipline:Community Health
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sepsis symptoms
Points of origin
Abstract:In 2011, the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. was septicemia. Sepsis is a disease pathway that leads to death by infection of the blood and is a process that is highly time dependent. The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a relationship between patients that come from different points of origin and their presentation of sepsis variables upon admittance to the hospital. The research questions were (1) is there a difference in the means of variables of importance to sepsis compared by point of origin? (2) Is there a relationship between patients from different points of origins and whether they present signs of sepsis within a normal or abnormal range at admission? These questions will be answered along with several sub-questions that will supplement the main research questions. Demographic data on sepsis patients as well as the symptomatic variables upon admission to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois were obtained with permission from Carle Foundation Hospital. The results show that, comprehensively, the symptomatic variables that are used to determine a diagnosis sepsis do not show a statistically significant relationship between the different points of origin. Upon study of the individual variables that indicate a sepsis diagnosis, many of the sepsis criteria variables showed no statistically significant relationship to patient point of origin. However, it was observed that oxygen saturation associated with breathing difficulty in septic patients was statistically significant at p-value 0.013 thus rejecting the null hypothesis for research question one but also rejecting the alternative hypothesis for research question two.
Issue Date:2013-05-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Timothy Lee
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-24
Date Deposited:2013-05

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