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2020 Sepsis Alliance Year in Review

January 29, 2021

As we end the first month of the year, Sepsis Alliance would like to share some highlights from 2020. We have various new initiatives coming out in 2021 and will continue working hard every day to save lives and reduce suffering by improving sepsis awareness and care. Thank you for your continued support!


2020 Sepsis Alliance Annual Survey

The 2020 Sepsis Alliance Annual Survey revealed that as sepsis awareness reached a record high, deep racial and ethnic disparities remain.

In September, Sepsis Alliance released the results of its 2020 Sepsis Alliance Annual Survey of among more than 2,000 adults in the United States. The survey, conducted by Radius Global Market Research, found that awareness of the term sepsis has reached a new all-time high of 71%. However, it also found that only one-third of adults are aware that viral sepsis is a potential complication of COVID-19. In addition, only 15% of adults can identify all four common signs and symptoms of sepsis, and one-quarter do not know any of the symptoms.

Further analysis of the data exposed deep racial and ethnic disparities in sepsis awareness. The survey found that 76% of people who identify as white are aware of the term sepsis, while 63% of people who identify as Hispanic are aware of the term, and only 49% of people who identify as Black are aware. Furthermore, only 5% of people who identify as Black can identify all four common symptoms of sepsis. Of people who identify as white, 18% can identify these four symptoms.

See the full survey results here. 

Sepsis Alliance announced an equity, diversity, and inclusion pledge this week to begin work addressing these disparities. Learn more here.


Inaugural Sepsis Alliance Summit

Sepsis Alliance proudly hosted the inaugural Sepsis Alliance Summit on September 16 and 17, 2020, drawing more than 4,000 registrants. The Summit featured two days of learning and inspiration for healthcare providers, managers, policymakers, and industry leaders.

Designed to explore an array of sepsis-related topics in healthcare, The Sepsis Alliance Summit included expert presentations from clinicians, innovative experts, and other influential leaders. The event also incorporated timely panels that highlight sepsis and COVID-19 challenges and strategies across the continuum of care.

Review the Sessions Here


Sepsis Alliance Voices

Sepsis Alliance expanded into advocacy work in 2020 with the launch of Sepsis Alliance Voices, a grassroots initiative, powered by individual sepsis survivors and advocates each committed to using their voice to champion policies, legislation, and research that save lives by increasing sepsis awareness and improving sepsis diagnosis and treatment.

Thanks to you, this year 12 states proclaimed September as Sepsis Awareness Month! Of those states, seven made the proclamation for the very first time. That brings the total number of states that have issues Sepsis Awareness Month proclamations over the years to 28!

Learn More Here

Sepsis Alliance has expanded the advocacy branch further through the launch of the National Sepsis Registry Initiative this month. Learn more about this initiative here.


Sepsis Alliance Rebrand

In July 2020, Sepsis Alliance unveiled a new visual identity, incorporating a cohesive design and color scheme for all its brands.

The main element of the rebrand was a new logo representing Sepsis Alliance’s expertise, leadership, and authority on all aspects of sepsis and sepsis care with a design reminiscent of a mountaintop. The lines also represent the physical and emotional highs and lows that patients, caregivers, and survivors of sepsis may experience.

Learn More About Our Rebrand Here


Sepsis Alliance Institute Growth

Throughout 2020, Sepsis Alliance was proud to offer free virtual programming to our network of healthcare providers and others working every day in the fight against sepsis. Last year, we reached new learners, expanded our topic offerings, introduced new subject matter experts, and more. Check out our growth below:

  • 28,169 unique webinar enrollments
  • 8,184 CE contact hours awarded
  • 5,259 new registered learners on Sepsis Alliance Institute
  • 65+ courses now available for CE credit

Learn more about SAI and join the more than 9,257 learners at


Faces of Sepsis Grows

Faces of Sepsis™ submissions continue to be a popular section on the site. In 2020, there were 156 posted stories and they were viewed 353,652 times!

The most read Faces of Sepsis™ story in 2020 was for Millie Rose Giani, at almost 12,000 page views, followed by Betty Wattenbarger, at 9,200 page views.

You can submit your story to Faces of Sepsis™ by clicking below:

Submit Your Story Here


With your support, we will continue working towards a world in which no one is harmed by sepsis. We look forward to sharing more initiatives and plans with you in 2021, and beyond.

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