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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.

Charla Martinez


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

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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Teresa Davis

Survivor, Survivor, 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, 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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Christopher L.

Survivor, Survivor, 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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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: Prevention of Infection and Sepsis during Recovery from Cardiac and other High-Risk Surgeries

July 15, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Date: July 15, 2021 Time: 12:00 – 2:30 PM EDT / 9:00 am – 11:30 AM PDT Description:  This live educational event will review infection and sepsis prevention during recovery from cardiac …

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Sponsor Innovation Webinar: The Real Problem with Sepsis Management

July 20, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Date: July 20, 2021 Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST / 11:00 am – 12:00 PM PST Description: Learn how clinical observations and workflow at bedside along with EHR data …

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Sepsis News

Statement on Juneteenth from Sepsis Alliance

June 16, 2021

This Saturday is Juneteenth, one of this nation’s oldest celebrations, commemorating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. As events of our more recent past have thrown …

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7 Reasons to Care About Superbugs & AMR

June 14, 2021

Superbugs – the word sounds powerful, impactful. But superbugs are not something we want; they are not the superheroes from the movie screen. They are microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites) …

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Socioeconomic Status and Sepsis Outcomes

June 8, 2021

People with lower socioeconomic status (SES) who develop sepsis are more likely to be sicker than those with higher SES, according to a recently published report. In response, the Sepsis …

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