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September is Sepsis Awareness Month

​​​​Acute sepsis is the #1 cost of hospitalizations in the United States and skilled nursing home sepsis-related costs are estimated to be $62 billion annually. ​However, an estimated 35% of U. S. adults have never heard of sepsis. ​Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.  In 2011, Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month. Click here for a toolkit to help raise awareness of sepsis.
While sepsis can impact anyone including the sick, the well, and people of all ages, some groups are more likely to be affected. More than 80% of sepsis patients are 50 years old or older. Sepsis doesn’t only affect adults,  it can have devastating consequences for children too. Each year, approximately 75,000 children develop sepsis in the United States alone. That’s more than 200 children per day. Sepsis is a medical emergency and its symptoms must be treated rapidly to reduce the risk of death. For every hour treatment is delayed, the risk of death increases by as much as 8%. As many as 80% of sepsis deaths could be prevented with early detection and treatment. Take the time to learn the signs. You could save a life.

On September 28-29, Sepsis Alliance is proudly hosting its Sepsis Alliance Summit. Set to coincide with Sepsis Awareness Month, the event will feature two days of learning and inspiration for healthcare professionals across the continuum of care, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, allied health professionals, data/quality/safety/IT professionals, students, leadership, policy makers, and industry leaders. Registration is free and will include continuing education units and contact hours.

Designed to explore an array of sepsis-related topics in healthcare, the Sepsis Alliance Summit will include expert presentations from clinicians, innovation experts, and other influential leaders. Join the sessions that are relevant to your practice and interests, and increase your sepsis knowledge and skills. We encourage you to attend sessions live, as speakers will be present to answer questions and share knowledge for most sessions. If you are unable to attend live, sessions will be prerecorded and available at a later time.

Click here to register for the Sepsis Alliance Summit.

Visit the Sepsis Alliance to learn more on sepsis.

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Events This Month


20may11:00 am12:00 pmAddressing Public Misperceptions About Palliative Care

21may12:00 pm1:00 pmTrauma-Informed Care: Why It’s Important and How to Implement It into PracticeCAPC Webinar

21may12:00 pm1:00 pmFinance Fundamentals for Hospitals (Hospital Financial series Part 2)SDAHO Webinar

22may12:00 pm1:00 pmLTC Town Hall: Understanding Enhanced Barrier PrecautionsWebinar

23may12:00 pm1:30 pmInfection Prevention: Guiding Hospitals Toward Effective, Compliant, and Sustainable SolutionsSDAHO Webinar

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