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Table 2 Awareness and sepsis knowledge: distribution of correct, incorrect and “don’t know” answers per item for the nationwide sample

From: Determinants of sepsis knowledge: a representative survey of the elderly population in Germany

  Weighted data
Yes No Unsure
Awareness items preceding the knowledge scale
 Have you ever heard of the term sepsis? 621 (88.6) 77 (11) 3 (0.4)
 Is there a vaccination against sepsis? 121 (17.2) 368 (52.4) 133 (19)
Items integrated in Sepsis Knowledge Score (M = 0.3466, SD = 0.1815)
 With sepsis, you have to call the emergency services immediately 584 (83.4) 47 (6.8) 54 (7.8)
 Sepsis is an intense allergic reaction 161 (22.9) 318 (45.4) 202 (28.8)
 Sepsis is an intense immune response of the body 410 (58.5) 88 (12.5) 188 (26.8)
 Sepsis is caused by multidrug-resistant superbugs in hospitals 208 (29.7) 275 (39.2) 201 (28.7)
 Sepsis can be diagnosed by a red line infiltrating from a wound up to the heart 407 (58.1) 138 (19.7) 140 (19.9)
 Mortality after heart attacks is higher than mortality after sepsis 350 (50) 86 (12.3) 245 (34.9)
 There are more cases of breast cancer than cases of sepsis 273 (39) 107 (15.3) 302 (43)
 Sepsis can be caused by lung inflammation 168 (24) 199 (28.4) 321 (45.8)
 Sepsis can be caused by influenza 87 (12.4) 332 (47.4) 266 (38)
Sepsis Symptoms Score (M = 0.4718, SD = 0.2637)
 Are chills and fever symptoms of sepsis? 512 (73) 67(9.6) 106 (15.2)
 Is disorientation a symptom of sepsis? 225 (32.1) 248 (35.4) 212 (30.2)
 Is shortness of breath a symptom of sepsis? 358 (51.1) 155 (22.1) 172 (24.5)
 Is a high heart rate a symptom of sepsis? 431 (61.5) 102 (14.5) 152 (21.7)
 Is low blood pressure a symptom of sepsis? 135 (19.3) 298 (42.5) 252 (35.9)
 Is diarrhea a symptom of sepsis? 135 (19.3) 370 (52.8) 180 (25.7)
 Are skin rash and eczema symptoms of sepsis? 238 (34) 283 (40.4) 164 (23.4)
  1. Data presented as N (%). Items in Sepsis Knowledge Score and in Sepsis Symptoms Score presented in randomized order
  2. SD standard deviation