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Sepsis Alliance Newsletter, October 2018

We are happy to report we had an amazing Sepsis Awareness Month and share our October newsletter. This monthly newsletter gives you a small taste of what is happening at Sepsis Alliance. Keep reading for our Sepsis Awareness Month recap, upcoming webinars and events, and more.

Sepsis Awareness Reaches 65%,
But Few Know the Signs 

Sepsis Alliance’s annual sepsis awareness survey, conducted by Radius Global Market Research, reveals awareness of the condition reached a new high, with 65% of U.S. adults reporting they have heard the term sepsis, compared to 44% four years ago.

The first sepsis awareness survey was conducted by phone in 2003 and found that 41 million (19%) U.S. adults knew the term. Today, 156 million (65%) U.S. adults know the term. We’ve made great progress!

However, the survey results also show that sepsis symptoms are not well known and there is a lack of urgency in seeking medical attention. Only 12% of adults know the most common symptoms of sepsis and just half strongly agree that you need to seek medical attention if you see signs of sepsis. To read the full report click here.

Our study reveals that there is much to cheer about yet much more work to be done. To read about our Sepsis: It’s About Time™ campaign click here.





Spreading It’s About TIME™ Across the Country!

Thank you to everyone who supported the launch of our Sepsis: It’s About Time™ national billboard campaign. We are excited to share that billboards, featuring the TIME acronym and Angelica Hale, have gone up in cities across the country, including Columbus (OH), Los Angeles, Memphis, Des Moines and Rockledge (FL) just to name a few. If you see one, let us know by sending a picture to or tagging us on social media @SepsisAlliance.

Memphis, TN
Rockledge, FL

Sepsis Awareness Month Recap

7th Annual Sepsis Heroes Gala

On September 13, 2018, Sepsis Alliance raised $250,000 at the 7th annual Sepsis Heroes gala, while honoring passionate individuals and innovative organizations dedicated to raising sepsis awareness and improving treatment of sepsis. To read more click here.

At the gala, sepsis survivor and Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award winner Angelica Hale debuted her new song, No Time to Waste, which she penned about overcoming life’s trials. She was inspired by her personal experience surviving sepsis when she was only four years old. To listen to No Time to Waste, click here.


Angelica Hale accepting the Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award
and performing No Time To Waste.

Sepsis Awareness Superhero Challenge

166 Superheroes joined our 2nd annual Sepsis Awareness Superhero Challenge! Together they raised sepsis awareness nationwide and $23,000, along with a generous $15,000 matching gift from our board, for a total of $38,000 for sepsis awareness programs, resources, and education.

Massachusetts Holds 1st Sepsis Awareness Day & Launches Sepsis Consortium

“The goal of the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium is to save lives by increasing awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis,” said Marylou Sudders, Health and Human Services Secretary. Held at the Massachusetts State House, the event featured sepsis survivors. Among them, Doreen Bettencourt, a Sepsis Alliance volunteer, shared her sepsis survival story. To read more click here

Did You Feel the Sepsis Awareness Month Spirit?
These passionate volunteers, nurses, sepsis coordinators,
and hospitals did!

Pamela and Houston Northwest Medical Center 
Pamela, a sepsis coordinator, worked with her team at Houston North West Medical Center to create “Sepsis Swarm,” a fun music video to reinforce the importance of early recognition and timely interventions for sepsis. Pamela wrote, “Our process is for our Team to ‘swarm’ the patient to make sure treatment is timely, especially the initial dose of broad-spectrum antibiotic within one hour to lessen the risk of mortality.”

Check out the video below. To read more about Pamela and what inspired the video, click here.


Elise and her daughter raised sepsis awareness at Golisano Children’s Hospital. They even provided Sepsis Awareness cookies for the staff!

Darrell Raikes
Sepsis survivor and advocate Darrell Raikes held a fishing tournament and had a booth set up at his local football game.

Karen and the PENN Medicine Sepsis Alliance
On Facebook Karen Flanigan wrote, “My health system is rolling out the new sepsis order set and website this week. My Rapid Response Team and I will be rounding on all 25 of the units, teaching the new order set to Nursing and House Staff.  We have pocket cards to hand out, articles for journal clubs, “Sepsis Huddle” sheets, pins, and posters. (Of course, we’ll be delivering snacks too!) Additionally, we have set up 2 displays for the public and will be offering informational pamphlets and treats on the 13th [World  Sepsis Day].”

The displays were created by members of the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania: PENN Medicine Sepsis Alliance and the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania Nursing Coordinator Group/Rapid Response Team.

Crystal and Gabe
On Facebook Crystal Shade from St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton CA,  shared that she “Round[ed] the hospital on all the floors with a trivia wheel on sepsis. Handing out new TIME stickers, magnets and nerds/sour punch candy with the theme that we are becoming sepsis nerds and punching out sepsis. Our Sepsis Unit (yes we have a DEDICATED sepsis unit in our hospital) champion Gabe Ae Castillo did a lot of the work with me!”

Sepsis Alliance Representatives Spread the Message

During the month of September, Sepsis Alliance team members shared their personal sepsis experiences and educated healthcare professionals about sepsis at more than half a dozen conferences, webinars and events!

“The very fact that we had the opportunity to spread our message at so many events, from Philadelphia to Sacramento, for a variety of healthcare professionals is a reflection that sepsis awareness is growing and that the healthcare community is taking it seriously,” said Thomas Heymann, Sepsis Alliance Executive Director, who presented at four events. That’s one presentation a week.

Sepsis Alliance Founder Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD, who also participated in four events said, “I was so heartened by the genuine concern and interest that the nurses and doctors showed when I shared my story.” Dr. Flatley lost his 23-year-old daughter Erin to sepsis in 2002. He continued, “I really think Sepsis Alliance is making the healthcare community pay attention. It’s been a tough nut to crack, and we have a long way to go, but we’ll do it. Tom Heymann is our leader!”

Continuum of Care Webinar
Save the Date

Wednesday, October 17th 

Infection Control & Antimicrobial Stewardship

Join us for a webinar on the integration of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship with sepsis initiatives. The webinar will be led by Cindy Hou, DO, MA, MBA, FACOI, Infection Control Officer, and Marianne Kraemer, RN, MPA, Ed.M, CENP, CCRN-K. Chief Nursing Officer, from Jefferson Health.

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Sepsis Alliance News

Upcoming Events

Continuum of Care Webinar
Date: October 17, 2018
Save the Date!

Sepsis Coordinator Network Webinar
Date: November 14, 2018
Save the Date!

Stay tuned for our 2019 events!

Sepsis Awareness Month is over but you can still raise awareness! To learn how, visit

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