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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.

Faces of Sepsis

The stories here have been shared by sepsis survivors and by those who loved them. The goal is to educate the public about sepsis and how it affects those who have sepsis and their families.

Dina M.

Survivor

2019 has been overwhelming. My body was telling me something was wrong. I went to the doctor and expressed my concern that I was experiencing symptoms of a UTI. My doctor ordered labs, but I never received a call nor was anything prescribed to me. My white blood count was a little high but my other cultures came back negative, and that’s where it ended. So I thought. (Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections) A few weeks later, I started having back pain. I didn’t think much of it since I’m always on the go and I had been very busy …

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Charla Martinez

Survivor, Survivor

I’m 23 years old and I am a postpartum sepsis survivor. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth) I was a first time mom and had a healthy pregnancy throughout, although I did find out mid pregnancy that I had strep B. (Sepsis and Group B Streptococcus) My former OBGYN let me know some women just have it in their body and it could be treated with antibiotics so I didn’t think much of it. I ended up switching providers and they never really followed up with it. Right before going in to get my c-section, I got tested for COVID, to …

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Christopher L.

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

What started as a blackhead turned into an extremely painful chest cavity abscess the size of half a baseball! I thought I was on the mend after my Urgent Care visit to get the sucker removed. Little did I know, this would be the start of a very painful and scary experience – in the middle of a pandemic! 24 hours later, I was in so much pain and muffling my tears as I sought help from an advice nurse. By the time I got to the ER, I had a temperature of 102.9F and a team of doctors surrounding …

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Arely Martinez

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

I wasn’t extremely familiar with sepsis until I experienced it. One week after having a 25 cm ovarian cyst removed, I began to experience violent chills and a low-grade fever. (Sepsis and Surgery) I wasn’t overly concerned, so I took some Tylenol. However, the symptoms worsened after four days. I had a 104.2 fever and shivering uncontrollably. My mom desperately tried taking me to the ER but since I had taken Tylenol, I got better along the way therefore we drove back home. I went to bed that night but experienced some discomfort around my belly button. It was already past midnight so I didn’t want to bother my mom. The next morning I suffered from raging fever again only this time I vomited and it was not a pretty color. My brother took me to the ER, I went in thinking they would just prescribe some medicine and send me home. Well, that wasn’t the case. The nurse took my vitals and from the concerned expression on …

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Caitlin Alsop

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

Skydiving for the #SepsisSuperhero challenge! At 23, I faced the biggest fight of my life, met my true heroes and gained a whole new voice and cause for something I previously knew nothing about. I’d heard of sepsis but didn’t know what it was and didn’t think it would happen to me. Every day, I am so grateful to the doctors and nurses for my life. Raising awareness about sepsis has become my mission. This is my story of sepsis and my second chance at life. After a quiet Saturday night dinner with a friend, following a ‘common cold’; I …

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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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Webinar – I Got the Fever: Monitoring Sepsis and Systemic Inflammation in Children

April 22, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Date: April 22, 2021 Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT / 11:00 am – 12:00 PM PDT Description: This webinar will discuss the use of procalcitonin (PCT), C-reactive protein (CRP), …

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Webinar-COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Best Practices for Management of the Maternal Population

May 13, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Sepsis News

From Ear Infections to the Flu – Childhood Infections are Common

April 6, 2021

Childhood infections and illnesses – most parents have been there. Whether it’s a phone call from the school because their child is not feeling well, waking up in the middle …

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Sepsis Alliance Launches POWER the AMRevolution, a National Initiative to Educate About the Risks of Antimicrobial Resistance and the Steps People Can Take to End Superbugs

March 25, 2021

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) leads to an estimated 700,000 deaths per year around the world – a number projected to reach 10 million annually by 2050 – yet global survey results …

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National Kidney Month: Healthy Living Can Slow Kidney Disease

March 22, 2021

To help mark National Kidney Month, Sepsis Alliance has added another resource to the Sepsis and Related Conditions library: Sepsis and Dialysis. This page adds to other kidney-related conditions: kidney …

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