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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.

Teresa Davis

Survivor

In October of 2016 I had a non cancerous ovarian mass removed. In doing so, my doctor clipped my bowel. (Sepsis and Perforated Bowel) I was sewn up, no drains and stayed in the hospital a week before they let me go home. Within two weeks of being home, I couldn’t eat, had no energy, was nauseous, and could not breath if I attempted to lie back. They had me come in right away for a CT. From that point I was given a sedation (during the CT), and sent to emergency surgery. The bowel had been leaking content into …

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Kayla Ferrer

Survivor, Survivor

Kayla was admitted for hip pain then became septic due to osteomyelitis of the hip, which was also MRSA. Due to her asthma she got pneumonia. (Sepsis and MRSA, Sepsis and Pneumonia) Kayla was intubated two days after being admitted. Went into surgery to remove the infection but unfortunately her heart was failing she received two rounds of chest compressions and was placed on ECMO. Kayla was not getting any better her left lung was completely collapsed after a bronchoscopy that an RT recommended. From one day to another she showed so much improvement. After 7 days on ECMO she …

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Eugene Johnson

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

I thought it as the flu. I started losing my ability to taste August of 2018 at that time I thought I had a summer cold. I had just gotten a job at KFC and everything was going well until was having dizzy spells and blacking out at work, in the shower, in bed. I thought it maybe low iron soon got iron pills. By mid October I had to quit my job because It took me 3 hours to garner enough energy to walk 10 steps to the bathroom. By late November I was bed ridden and thought it …

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Charla Martinez

Survivor, Survivor, 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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Dina M.

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, 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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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

Live Webinar: Multi-disciplinary Healthcare Team Engagement, Education, and Empowerment: The Key Ingredients to a Sustainable Sepsis Program

July 29, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Date: July 29, 2021 Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT Description:  This educational webinar will discuss key strategies for engaging and empowering …

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Webinar: Transitions of Care After Sepsis Hospitalization

August 18, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Date: August 18, 2021 Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT Description:  Aggressive, early sepsis identification and treatment initiatives have decreased in-hospital mortality …

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Sepsis News

Sepsis Alliance Invites Health Sector Colleagues to Sign Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Pledge

July 19, 2021

Today, Sepsis Alliance unveils an equity pledge for its peer organizations working to mitigate the impacts of antimicrobial resistance, sepsis, and its underlying causes. The pledge is aimed at fostering …

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New Resource: “Sepsis and…” Topic Videos

July 15, 2021

Earlier this month, Sepsis Alliance posted three videos in its popular Sepsis and… series of topics related to sepsis. Sepsis Alliance created this new resource for people who prefer to …

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Sepsis Alliance Hosts Successful Sepsis Tech & Innovation Conference

June 30, 2021

Sepsis care involves hands-on recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. It also involves innovation to support this treatment and to help patients recover. For this reason, Sepsis Alliance recently hosted an inaugural …

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