Someone dies from sepsis every 2 minutes in the United States. That accounts for more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined, despite the fact that 44 percent of Americans have never heard the term “sepsis.” There is also a misconception that sepsis only occurs in the hospital, yet 80 percent of sepsis cases begin in our communities.
In 2011, the Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month to put a spotlight on sepsis and sepsis awareness, offering free resources for health care systems on their website. Please contact Sue Bergmann if you would like assistance with planning for Sepsis Awareness Month. (Sue Bergmann)