Pediatric sepsis profile in a tertiary-care hospital in Indonesia: a 4-year retrospective study

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AIM: This study aimed to explore the factors contributing to mortality and its management among pediatric sepsis patients at a single center in Indonesia. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective study of children admitted due to sepsis from January 2015 to December 2019 in an Indonesian tertiary hospital. RESULTS: The mortality rate of pediatric sepsis in our study was 76.1% among 176 records with outcome identified. Mortality was significantly associated with septic shock at triage, number of organ failure, intensive care unit admission, inotropic use, septic shock and severe sepsis during hospitalization. Timing of antibiotic use did not affect mortality. Death within the first 24 h occurred in 41.8% of subjects, mostly due to septic shock. CONCLUSION: This study illuminates the current state of pediatric sepsis management in our Indonesian hospital, revealing it as inadequate. Findings highlight the need for improved pre-hospital systems and sepsis recognition tools, and wider use of mechanical ventilators and advanced monitoring due to limited pediatric intensive care unit beds. Future research should focus on hospital-specific sepsis protocols to reduce pediatric sepsis mortality rates.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberfmad029
JournalJournal of Tropical Pediatrics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2023


  • developing countries
  • hospital mortality
  • sepsis


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