Our History


The organization was founded in 2007, by Dr. Carl Flatley, whose daughter Erin died unnecessarily of sepsis when she was 23 years old. Sepsis Alliance was created to raise sepsis awareness among both the general public and healthcare professionals. Sepsis awareness can and does save lives, yet only 63% of American adults have ever heard the word. Sepsis Alliance gives a voice to the millions of people who have been touched by sepsis – to the survivors, and the friends and family members of those who have survived or who have died. Survivors and those left behind often feel as if they are alone.

Our Work

Sepsis Alliance team is working on producing as much information and educational material as is possible to help the general public become aware of this often deadly condition, and for professionals who can then help the public learn about sepsis when it does strike. This material includes the information available on this site, brochures (also available in Spanish), and videos. Explore our resource library to discover all of our available materials.

How You Can Help

You can help Sepsis Alliance in its mission by donating funds or by holding a fundraiser on behalf of the organization. You can find more information on our fundraising page.

To learn more about what sepsis is, please visit Definition of Sepsis.

To learn about the after effects of sepsis, both physical and mental, please visit our post-sepsis syndrome section.

If you would like to contact us to ask a question about sepsis or Sepsis Alliance, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page first, to see if it is listed there.