September is Sepsis Awareness Month in Washington State! Governor Jay Inslee signed the proclamation on September 9, which WSHA directly requested. Sepsis, the body’s overactive response to infection that can lead to shock, is a national health crisis affecting 1.7 million people and taking approximately 270,000 lives every year in the United States. There are sepsis survivors in every state facing long-term health challenges and families and friends who have lost a loved one to sepsis. By requesting this proclamation in Washington State, WSHA hopes to increase awareness for the signs and symptoms of sepsis in our state. Sepsis awareness is critical to rapid diagnosis and treatment, which can prevent as many as 80 percent of sepsis deaths. Please visit the Sepsis Alliance website for more information about sepsis. If you would like to discuss resources for raising sepsis awareness in your facility, please contact Rosemary Grant.