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September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Sepsis Awareness

September is Sepsis Awareness Month



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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