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.
Infection Prevention Manager