Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening and without timely treatment can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure and death. Sepsis is a medical emergency. Time matters. Sepsis is a public health issue, not just a hospital issue. Every two minutes, a life is lost to sepsis in the U.S., totaling over a quarter million people each year.

As part of its vision to reduce sepsis mortality in Colorado, CHA is proud to offer the Sepsis Training Suite to member hospitals and health systems. Through a variety of training modalities, members will find resources that are both ready-to-use and customizable, along with materials to help design personalized educational offerings.

Toni Foos

Manager, Infection Prevention and Clinical Quality

In 2020, Sepsis Alliance conducted a nation-wide survey on sepsis. Here are a few of the findings:

While awareness of the term “sepsis” is increasing in the overall population, awareness levels vary significantly among racial and ethnic groups, with people who identify as Black reporting the lowest awareness levels.

Awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis is low at 15% for the overall population and 5% among people who identify as Black.

  • Sepsis is the #1 cause of death in hospitals.
  • Sepsis is the #1 cost of hospitalization in the United States, consuming more than $53 billion each year.
  • Sepsis is the #1 cause for readmissions to the hospital, costing more than $3.5 billion each year.
  • As many as 87% of all sepsis cases originate in the community.
  • More than 1.7 million people in the Unites States are diagnosed with sepsis each year – one every 20 seconds.

CHA is committed to working with its member hospitals to improve sepsis care and associated patient outcomes.

Sepsis Awareness Month

Former Governor Hickenlooper declared September 2018 Sepsis Awareness Month. View the proclamation.

Pediatric Sepsis Resources for Health Care Professionals