What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Learn more about the symptoms of sepsis, which kills 270,000 Americans each year.

Janis Burns Buyarski


On February 25, 2011, my life was utterly changed by sepsis. I had been treated for kidney stones several times over the past 10+ years. (Sepsis and Kidney Stones) This was supposed to be routine minor surgery. The first operation for removal of stones in the right kidney went well and there were no complications. Two weeks later, the operation for removal of stones in the left kidney appeared to have gone well and, again, there were no complications. One week after the second surgery the stent was removed from the left kidney. Eight hours later I was violently ill, …

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It’s About Time™

It’s About TIME™ is a national initiative to raise awareness of sepsis and the urgent need to seek treatment when symptoms are recognized.

Early detection is the best hope to survive and limit disabilities when sepsis is present.
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Upcoming Events

Webinar: Converting Resistance into Buy-in: Virginia Mason Health System Sepsis Power Hour

July 25, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This webinar is part of the Sepsis: Across the Continuum of Care webinar series. Date: Thursday, July 25 Time: 2 PM EST/11 AM PST Description: At Virginia Mason Health System …

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Illinois Sepsis Challenge

July 27, 2019 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The 6th Annual Illinois Sepsis Challenge 5K Run and Walk will begin at Centennial Park in Orland Park, IL on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Participants will enjoy the scenery as they run or walk around …

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Webinar: Unlocking the Potential of Artificial Intelligence in Sepsis Care

August 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This webinar is part of the Sepsis: Across the Continuum of Care webinar series. Date: Wednesday, August 7th Time: 2PM EST/11 AM PST Description: Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a lot …

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Sepsis News

Daniel Emmet Joins Fight Against Sepsis

July 19, 2019

Sepsis Alliance and “America’s Got Talent” Finalist Daniel Emmet Partner to Combat Deadly, Underrecognized Disease   Emmet and Sepsis Alliance are working to help others recognize signs and symptoms of …

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Flesh-Eating Disease and Sepsis: Staying Safe in the Summer

July 5, 2019

As beach season is well underway, the media have been sharing reports of people developing serious infections leading to sepsis. The infection that gets the most attention is necrotizing fasciitis …

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Sepsis Alliance Joins MoMMA’s Voices

June 27, 2019

MoMMA’s Voices offers opportunities to drive real change in maternal health Speak up, even if your voice is shaking   Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s leading sepsis organization, is pleased to …

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