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.

Toni Foos

Infection Prevention Manager

In 2019, Sepsis Alliance conducted a nation-wide survey on sepsis. Here are a few of the findings:

  • 76% of U.S. adults incorrectly believe that more people die of opioid overdoses in one year than from sepsis. According to CDC data, fatality from sepsis is six times more common than opioid overdose.
  • Only 13% of adults heard about sepsis from their health care provider. The majority of adults who are aware of sepsis heard about it through TV (26%) or from a friend/loved one (26%).
  • One-third of adults say they do not know the symptoms of sepsis.
  • 22% of adults indicated that they had never heard of sepsis.
  • People who identify as non-Hispanic white are more likely to have heard the word sepsis than those who identify as non-Hispanic black or Hispanic.

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

Sepsis Awareness Month

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

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