Survival rates for sepsis aka blood poisoning drop nearly 10 percent each hour it goes undiagnosed and untreated.
The current test takes up to several days to give a full diagnosis of a disease which kills at least 5 million each year out of the approximately 30 million who contract it each year.
That's more than bowel, breast, and prostate cancer combined.
Even more alarming is the fact that sepsis cases are increasing 10% each year.
In the UK it is believed to cost nearly £15 billion per year.
Now the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense has announced a new rapid test to confirm sepsis, permitting faster treatment.
Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in the UK have come up with a biomarker test which can prove the existence of a sepsis infection even before symptoms appear. The test is 97% accurate, having been studied for more than a decade.
Dr Roman Lukaszewski is the lead Dstl scientist.