Pneumonia and Sepsis

Sepsis and septic shock can result from an infection anywhere in the body, including pneumonia. It is known that in the United States, health care–associated infections (HCAI) affect 1.7 million hospitalizations every year. And, the two most common conditions are sepsis and pneumonia. In February 2010, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, confirmed the high costs resulting from caring for patients: an more than $8.4 billion per year. In addition to this, the study found that such infections cost an average of an extra 11 days in the hospital and $33,000 dollars, per person.

Sometimes called blood poisoning, sepsis is the body's often deadly response to infection or injury. Sepsis kills and disables millions and requires early suspicion and rapid treatment for survival.

Worldwide, one-third of people who develop sepsis die. Many who do survive are left with life-changing effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain and fatigue, and organ dysfunction (don’t work properly) and/or amputations.

The most common source of infection, among adults, is the lung or lungs.

Famous People Who Developed Sepsis From Pneumonia:

Actor Jeff Conaway

Born October 5, 1950, died May 27, 2011 due to sepsis from pneumonia.(1950-10-05)


Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets

Born September 24, 1936, died May 16, 1990 due to sepsis from pneumonia.


Trish Keenan, singer

Born September 20, 1968, died January 14, 2011, "from pneumonia." 


Chuck Brown, singer

Born August 22, 1936, died May 16, 2012 of sepsis following treatment for pneumonia.

Definition of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. The infection can be only in one lung, or it can be in both. There are several causes of pneumonia but the most common are:

  • Bacteria
  • Virus
  • Fungus

Left untreated, pneumonia can be deadly. In the days before antibiotics, it’s estimated that about one-third of those who developed bacterial pneumonia died.