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.
In 2017, Sepsis Alliance conducted a nation-wide survey on sepsis. Here are a few of the findings:
- 39 percent of Americans incorrectly believe sepsis is contagious
- Around 72 percent of Americans can correctly identify symptoms of a stroke, yet less than 1 percent can identify the most commons sepsis symptoms.
- More Americans have heard of Ebola, a nearly non-existent condition in the U.S., than sepsis a condition that affects more than 1.6 million Americans every year.
CHA is committed to working with its member hospitals to improve sepsis care and associated patient outcomes.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declares September, 2018 Sepsis Awareness Month
Infection Prevention Manager