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.

Laura Freda


My nightmare began in March of 2013. I had been having a lot of pain in my lower abdomen and was constipated. I tried everything I could think of to get things “going” – laxatives, enemas, stool softeners. Nothing worked and the pain was getting worse. I went to my doctor and she ordered a CT scan. I found out I had diverticulitis and she put me on an antibiotic. She was going to be leaving town and she told me if I didn’t feel better in a couple of days to go to the Emergency Department. On Saturday, March …

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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

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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This PTSD Awareness Day, Remember the Caregivers

About 7 million adults in the United States will experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) some time during their life. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that every year, about …

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