CDC and Sepsis Alliance provide a number of resources for September's Sepsis Awareness Month

By Al Saint Jacques, MDLinx
Published January 13, 2016

Key Takeaways

September is Sepsis Awareness Month and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sepsis Alliance have provided a number of new resources for providers, first responders, patients, and family members coping with the devastating effects of sepsis.

“Sepsis is a devastating illness that affects hundreds of thousands of people each year, and it kills up to half of those who get it,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “Many people have never heard of sepsis, and clinicians can be slow to recognize it. Awareness is critical, because the slightest delay in treatment of sepsis can mean the difference between life or death.”

According to the CDC, sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis can occur to anyone, at any time, from any type of infection, and can affect any part of the body. It can occur even after a minor infection.

Sepsis can occur as a bad outcome from an infection, but the risk is higher in: people with weakened immune systems; babies and very young children; elderly people; people with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, AIDS, cancer, and kidney or liver disease; and people suffering from a severe burn or wound.

“CDC and its emergency responders have served on the front lines of our nation’s worst epidemics, and sepsis is the next battlefield,” explained Thomas Heymann, president and executive director of Sepsis Alliance. “Early identification and treatment can help stop sepsis in its tracks, and we are thankful to be working with CDC in shining a spotlight on this silent killer.”

Among the resources available on sepsis are the following:

Sepsis Awareness Month was founded by Sepsis Alliance to help raise the alarm on sepsis. Every year, more people and health organizations are holding community events throughout the country designed to coincide with Sepsis Awareness Month. For 2015, there are many new and exciting ways for individuals and organizations to participate. To learn more, visit the official Sepsis Awareness Month website at: http://www.sepsisawarenessmonth.org.

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