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September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Sepsis Awareness

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

KNOW THE RISKS. SPOT THE SIGNS. ACT FAST.

 

Did you know that each year, at least 1.7 million Americans develop sepsis, and nearly 270,000 die as a result? Did you know that 80% of sepsis deaths could be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment.

 

Spread the word about sepsis prevention and recognition during Sepsis Awareness Month. It could save a life.

 

The CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis offers educational materials for healthcare professionals and patients. The CDC encourages healthcare professionals to:

  • Know the signs and symptoms of sepsis
  • Identity and treat patients early
  • Act fast if you suspect sepsis
  • Know your organization’s existing guidance for diagnosing and managing sepsis
  • Prevent infections by following infection control practices (e.g. hand hygiene, catheter removal) and ensuring patients receive recommended vaccines.
  • Educate your patients and their families about:
    • Preventing infections
    • Keeping scrapes and wounds clean
    • Managing chronic conditions
    • Recognizing early signs and symptoms of worsening infection and sepsis and seeking immediate care if signs and symptoms are present
  • If you suspect sepsis:
    • Immediately alert the doctor or nurse in charge if it is not you.
    • Start antibiotics as soon as possible, in addition to other therapies appropriate for the patient.
    • Check patient progress frequently. Reassess antibiotic therapy in 24 to 48 hours to stop or adjust therapy if needed. Be sure antibiotic type, dose and duration are correct.

 

Other Resources

 

Sepsis Alliance

 

Sepsis Alliance Free Webinar: TUESDAY September 18th – Pearls & Pitfalls in Recognition & Treatment of Pediatric Sepsis

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Free Educational Materials

 

The Subtle Signs of Sepsis Infographic

 

Sepsis Guidelines and Protocols:  Providing Care to Patients

 

Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock

 

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Resources for Sepsis

 

 2nd World Sepsis Congress on  September 5 and 6

 


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