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Sepsis Fact Sheet

Everything you need to know about sepsis in two pages. This fact sheet include the definition and symptoms of sepsis, statistics on sepsis and children, and how it compares to other well-known conditions, including global and economic impacts.

About Sepsis Alliance

Sepsis Alliance is the leading sepsis organization in the U.S. working in all 50 states to save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis. Learn the tragic story that inspired Dr. Carl Flatley to found Sepsis Alliance.

Expert Interview Opportunities

We are happy to work with credentialed media to provide expert officials, physicians, and sepsis survivors to speak on behalf of Sepsis Alliance. Please contact Alex Sadorf, Communications Director, at to coordinate an interview.

Erin’s Campaign for Kids

Created to combat the high incidence and mortality rates of sepsis among children, Erin’s Campaign for Kids honors Erin Kay Flatley who died tragically of sepsis in 2002. The campaign includes resources and awards specific to pediatric sepsis.

About Sepsis Awareness Month

In 2011, Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month to bring healthcare professional and community members together in the fight against sepsis.

About Sepsis Heroes

This annual event is the centerpiece of Sepsis Awareness Month, honoring the people and organizations that have made a significant contribution to sepsis awareness and education among both the general public and healthcare professionals.

Sepsis Awareness Survey Findings

The 2019 Sepsis Awareness Survey found that many U.S. adults are more aware of less common and less deadly conditions than they are of sepsis, which takes a life every two minutes. To read the full survey finding, click here.

Past survey findings:

In 2010, Sepsis Alliance and Harris Interactive conducted a poll to get a better understanding of how many people in the United States could define the word “sepsis.” Results showed that the majority of Americans had never heard the word and of those who had heard it, many did not know what it meant. Repeat polls have been done each year, showing the, albeit slow, progress that is being made:

2011: Sepsis Awareness Shows Solid Increase Over Last Year but Still Low in U.S.

2012: Sepsis Survey Reveals Majority Americans, Especially Those Under 35, Have Never Heard of One of Deadliest Killers in America

2013: Fewer Than Half of American Adults Have Heard of Sepsis, One of the Deadliest Killers in the U.S., New Sepsis Alliance Survey Reveals

2014: New Survey Shows Most Americans Have Never Heard of Sepsis, Despite Sepsis Being Most Costly Hospital Condition in the U.S.

2015: Americans More Aware Of Many Rare Diseases Than Sepsis, According to New Sepsis Alliance Survey

2016: Fifty-Five Percent of Americans Have Heard of Sepsis – Nation’s Third Leading Killer – Sepsis Alliance Survey Reveals

2017: Sepsis: A Word to Know, a Meaning to Learn

2018: Sepsis Awareness Reaches 65%, Few Know the Signs

2019: Sepsis Takes More Lives Than Opioid Overdoses: But Most Adults Don’t Know

2020: Sepsis is a Deadly Complication of COVID-19, But More Than 60% of Adults Don’t Know

2021: Sepsis Awareness Survey