Sepsis Fact Sheet

Everything you need to know about sepsis in two pages, from the definition and symptoms to stats on sepsis and children and how it compares to other well-known conditions, as well as, global and economic impacts.

About Sepsis Alliance

Sepsis Alliance is celebrating 10 years as a organization. Learn the tragic story that inspired Dr. Carl Flatley to found of Sepsis Alliance as well as the history of our organization.

Expert Interview Opportunities

We’re happy to work with credentialed media to provide expert officials, physicians, and sepsis survivors to speak on behalf of Sepsis Alliance. Please contact Danielle Hoffpauir, Communications Coordinator, 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 with resources and awards specific to pediatric sepsis.

About Sepsis Awareness Month

In 2011, Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month to put a spotlight on sepsis and sepsis awareness. Learn more about how we’re working with individuals and healthcare professionals across the country to raise awareness for sepsis. Read the full history here.

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. Last year marked the 5th presentation of our Annual Sepsis Heroes Gala and raised over $200,000.

Sepsis Awareness Survey Archive

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