Sepsis is a consequence of infection that is difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. Patients who develop sepsis have an increased risk of complications and death and face higher healthcare costs and longer treatment. CDC is working to increase sepsis awareness and improve treatment among the public, healthcare providers, and healthcare facilities.
CDC Releases New Statement on Sepsis, Calls for More Education, Action
Despite the fact that sepsis affects more than a million Americans each year and kills up to half of them, a new survey published by Sepsis Alliance found that fewer than half of all Americans have ever even heard of the term ‘sepsis.’
“As a doctor, I have treated patients with sepsis and have seen first-hand the devastation it brings to patients and families,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “We have a long way to go to educate clinicians and inform the public about this all-too-common illness.”
Read more about how CDC and its partner organizations are working to raise awareness of sepsis, and improve prevention, early detection, and treatment: http://www.cdc.gov/media/