What is Sepsis?

Sepsis, which was often called “blood poisoning,” is a life-threatening emergency that happens when your body’s response to an infection damages vital organs and, often, causes death. Learn more about the symptoms of sepsis, which kills 350,000 adults each year in the United States.

Faces of Sepsis™

Faces of Sepsis™ is a collection of sepsis experiences, as told by sepsis survivors, caregivers, and those who have lost a loved one. Click below to read their stories or submit your own.

Michael Lathon

Survivor

I started having continuous UTIs in the last week of January 2022. (Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections) After every hospital stay I would get another one in about 7 days. After multiple trips to the hospital I developed sepsis and Covid but no one could figure out why. I was then placed on a super drug that killed the infection but also killed my good bacteria. I was then sent home with a PICC line in my arm to do my own IV for another month of treatment. After that I developed the septic rash and a huge posterior neck ... Read Full Story

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Warren Camp

Survivor, Survivor

I went to the hospital with severe back issues, to get a cortisone injection on a Thursday night. They ran tests Friday & scheduled injection for Monday. Saturday, a nurse was replacing an IV. While putting in the IV, she stuck me with the catheter, then pulled it out, sit it down, then stuck me with the same catheter again, digging around (I knew it was wrong but the pain from the back I was in and speed this happened just let it go ). An hour later I noticed the swelling and shut off IV and called the nurse ... Read Full Story

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Matthew Sucese

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

About a couple weeks ago (currently the 17th of July) I was sent to the ER to find out I had a 8MM kidney stone, after blood work they had taken a different tone. I wasn’t aware I had sepsis until the second day in the hospital, they wanted to keep me calm until I had my surgeries. (Sepsis and Kidney Stones) My nurses and doctors were fantastic I am incredibly thankful they were so attentive and so kind when I was at my worst. I was told that if I waited a day it would have been fatal, I ... Read Full Story

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Tammi Davis

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

My mother entered the ER in March of 2017 for lower back and chills. Once she got there things changed quickly. She developed a fever and could no longer produce urine and was in incredible pain . She was diagnosed with kidney stones and the doctors suggested for her to go home and to just try pass the stones on her own. (Sepsis and Kidney Stones) My mom felt something was not right and insisted on staying at least over night for observation. The doctor agreed. When my mother got admitted onto the hospital floor, things took a turn for the ... Read Full Story

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Savon Khiev

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

04/26/2022, my husband (38 years old) had acute ruptured appendicitis that led to severe sepsis. (Sepsis and Appendicitis) Luckily, we made it to the hospital in time after he returned back to Houston from Austin. It led to acidosis, collapsed lung, pericardial effusion, and he had a heart attack. He was in the hospital for about a week, but now we are told he may have an abscess because there’s a mass in his right abdomen. He had an exercise stress test and failed it, so he will be doing a nuclear stress test in a few days to see ... Read Full Story

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Upcoming Events

Sepsis Alliance Connect Presentation: Raise Your Voice: Supercharge Your Advocacy This Month!

March 7, 2024 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Date: March 7, 2024 Time: 1 PM ET Description:  In March 2024, join us for Raise Your Voice, a month of sepsis advocacy action!  Members are invited to complete one …

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Webinar: Safeguarding Students Part 1 – Addressing Pediatric Sepsis in School-Based Health Care

March 18, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Date: Monday, March 18, 2024 Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET/11:00 – 12:00 pm PT Description:  School-based healthcare professionals play a vital role in helping children stay as healthy as …

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Sepsis Alliance Voices Advocacy Training: Making an Appropriations Request

March 19, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 Time: 2:00 – 2:30 pm ET/11:00 – 11:30 am PT Description:  Congress is currently deciding what projects and initiatives will receive federal funding for the …

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Sepsis News

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March 1, 2024

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Learn more about sepsis and developmental disabilities by clicking the link below.

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World Cancer Day

February 4, 2024

February 4 is World Cancer Day. Learn more about sepsis and cancer by clicking the link below.

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International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

February 1, 2024

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. Click the link below to learn more about sepsis and pregnancy and childbirth.

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