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This is an example of a POORLY WRITTEN cause-of-death statement which, unfortunately, is typical of many death certificates that are completed by physicians.

Part I
A. Septic shock
Due to, or as a consequence of:
B. Gram-negative sepsis
Due to, or as a consequence of:

One must immediately ask "Why did this patient have gram-negative sepsis?-- that's not something that most healthy people get, and spontaneous occurrence must be extremely rare."