September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and WSHA will spend the month sharing resources and stories about how our member hospitals are spreading awareness of the condition. Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening reaction to infection and is the leading cause of hospital death in America. We are pleased to report that for the third year in a row, Gov. Inslee has answered our call and issued a proclamation recognizing Sepsis Awareness Month.
Based on research data, the Sepsis Alliance estimates that as many as 80 percent of sepsis deaths could be prevented with rapid evaluation and treatment. For every hour treatment is delayed, the risk of death increases by 8 percent. This is what makes educating members of the public so crucial.
WSHA invites you to join us in taking part in Sepsis Awareness Month, and with WSHA’s content ideas and the Sepsis Alliance’s toolkit of copy and graphics, taking part is easy. WSHA has also taken the Sepsis Alliance’s Equity Pledge, as communities of color experience disproportionate suffering due to sepsis and drug-resistant infections. We invite you to join us in this pledge as well.
We hope you will join us in raising sepsis awareness this September, and we will highlight the work happening at our member hospitals in Weekly Report, so please share your sepsis awareness work with me!
Director, Safety & Quality