Sepsis Alliance Wins Platinum MarCom Awards

November 12, 2018

Sepsis Alliance Wins Two Platinum MarCom Awards for Sepsis: First Response

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) educational video on sepsis, a life-threatening condition, is honored with prestigious international awards

Sepsis First Response, EMS, Emergency Medical Service, MarCom AwardsSan Diego, Calif, November 12, 2018 – Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s leading sepsis organization, is proud to announce it won two Platinum MarCom Awards in the categories of Training and Medical for Sepsis: First Response.

The MarCom Awards is among the world’s most respected competitions honoring excellence in marketing and communication. Only 17% of the over 6,500 entries this year received Platinum Awards, the top award level. Platinum winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity, and resourcefulness.

  “This recognition is a testament to our commitment to ensuring sepsis awareness at every point of the patient’s journey to help decrease preventable sepsis deaths,” said Thomas Heymann, Sepsis Alliance President and Executive Director. “We have to give a special thanks to Fire Captain Rom Duckworth. His 30 years of experience in the EMS field was invaluable to the creation of Sepsis: First Response and we truly could not have done this without him.”

Sepsis: First Response is an online educational video that provides EMS personnel with the tools to help rapidly identify and begin treating sepsis cases in the field. Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening reaction to an infection that takes more than 270,000 lives a year in the United States.

“Every hour that sepsis goes untreated, the patient’s chances of mortality increase by up to 8%. EMS providers have a unique ability to catch sepsis in the field, begin intervention and improve in-hospital treatment times through effective communication and collaboration with the emergency department staff,” said Duckworth, an award-winning EMS educator. “Sepsis: First Response provides EMS personnel across the country with the quality training that will enable them to do this.”

Expert commentary in Sepsis: First Response is provided by Lauren Epstein, MD, Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Chris Seymour, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Produced for Sepsis Alliance by Synapse Productions, Sepsis: First Response is endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, the National Association of EMS Educators, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine.

Sepsis Alliance would like to thank sponsors, Del E. Webb Foundation, Jill Kogan Blake, Aquamania, Harbor Point Charitable Foundation, LifeFlow, and Laerdal.

Both the Sepsis: First Response 15-minute education video and 60-minute training module can be downloaded and viewed separately. To access them, please visit

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 by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. In 2011, Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month to bring healthcare professional and community members together in the fight against sepsis. 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. Since 2007, sepsis awareness in the U.S. has risen from 19% to 65%. Sepsis Alliance is a GuideStar Gold Rated charity. For more information, please visit Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter at @SepsisAlliance.

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Angelica Estrada

Sepsis Alliance