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Revista Virtual de la Sociedad Paraguaya de Medicina Interna

On-line version ISSN 2312-3893


ESCOBAR SALINAS, Jorge Sebastián; GOMEZ RIVEROS, María Lorenza; RAMIREZ GOMEZ, Teresa de Jesús  and  ROMERO FLECHA, Jossep Rafael. Clinical and epidemiological characteristics of patients with sepsis in the adult intensive care unit of the Hospital Regional de Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay. Rev. virtual Soc. Parag. Med. Int. [online]. 2021, vol.8, n.1, pp.52-60. ISSN 2312-3893.


Sepsis is one of the main causes of admission to intensive care units, being the main cause of non-cardiac death. In addition to its high mortality, it is a disease that causes cognitive sequelae and compromises long-term survival.


To describe the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of patients with sepsis of the Adult Intensive Care Unit of the Regional Hospital of Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay, in the period 2016-2019.


An observational, descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out in which 349 patients with a diagnosis of sepsis admitted to the Adult Intensive Care Unit of the Regional Hospital of Coronel Oviedo were included from January 2016 to December 2019. The data were expressed in frequencies, measures of central tendency and dispersion. Ethical aspects were respected.


The age range was between 16 to 89 years (52±19 years), 52.4% were female and 50.1% came from rural areas; 46.4% were admitted with the diagnosis of sepsis and in 29.2% the source was from pulmonary origin while 54.1% had multiorgan failure, 71.1% required mechanical ventilation and 52.4% died.


The most frequent septic focus was from pulmonary origin. More than half developed multiorgan failure, presenting respiratory and cardiovascular failure more frequently. Mortality frequency was 52.4%.

Keywords : sepsis; septic shock; critical care..

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