Sepsis Awareness increases to 65% among U.S. adults, but only 12% could identify the four most common symptoms of sepsis.

Executive Summary:

  • Sepsis awareness has significantly increased to 65% over 58% in 2017. This means more than 16 million more adults are aware of sepsis in 2018 compared to 2017.
    • Females are more likely to have heard the term than males (68% vs. 63%).
  • Fewer than half (48%) of adults say that an infection is a symptom of sepsis.
  • More than a third (36%) say they do not know the symptoms of sepsis, while a majority of adults (94%) say they can identify the symptoms of stroke, even though sepsis is twice as common and twice as deadly as stroke.
    • Only 33% are at least very aware of sepsis, while 72% are at least very aware of stroke.
    • Only 12% correctly identify all four sepsis symptoms, while 25% correctly identify all four stroke symptoms.
  • Nearly three quarters (73%) of adults strongly agree that you need to seek urgent medical attention if you see signs of stroke, yet only half (50%) strongly agree that you need to if you see signs of sepsis.

Full Report:

2018 Sepsis Awareness Survey

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