HOSPITAL sepsis deaths rose by more than a third in two years, figures suggest.
Some 15,722 are thought to have died after getting it in 2016/17, up from 11,328 in 2015/16.
Getty – Contributor Sepsis deaths have risen by a third in the last two years, the condition leads to multiple organ failure
Prof Sir Brian Jarman, from Imperial College London, says staff shortages and ward overcrowding are partly to blame.
But health chiefs say it is likely to be due to increased awareness and better diagnosis.
Sepsis, a complication of infection, occurs when the body overreacts to something as simple as a cut and can result in multiple organ failure.