5 Things You Can Do to Raise Awareness of Sepsis

5 Things You Can Do to Raise Awareness of Sepsis

A CDC evaluation found 7 in 10 patients with sepsis had recently used healthcare services...CDC’s recent Vital Signs report found that 7 in 10 patients with sepsis had recently interacted with healthcare providers or had chronic diseases requiring frequent medical care. These healthcare encounters can be opportunities for healthcare providers to prevent, identify, and treat patients with sepsis early, as well as educate patients and their families about sepsis.

CDC encourages you to learn more about sepsis and show your support during September in honor of Sepsis Awareness Month. Here are 5 things you can do to #ThinkSepsis:

Join online for the 1st World Sepsis Congress

Participate in a sepsis Twitter chat hosted by ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser and CDC

  • Sepsis Twitter Chat – Tuesday, September 13 at 1 PM EDT
  • Follow and use #ABCDrBChat to join @CDCgov, @DrRichardBesser and many other partners as we educate and share about sepsis.

Register for CDC’s two FREE webinars with continuing education for healthcare providers

  1. Advances in Sepsis: Protecting Patients Throughout the Lifespan, a CDC webinar hosted in partnership with the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Association, and AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
  2. Empowering Nurses for Early Sepsis Recognition, a CDC webinar hosted in partnership with the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Nurses Association

Read new CDC Safe Healthcare blogs featuring sepsis experts and patient advocates

  • Sepsis Survivor: Working to Save the Antibiotics that Saved My Life. Dana Mirman, writer and publicist, discusses her personal story of an infection that developed into sepsis and sent her to the ICU. She shares her views about the importance of practicing antibiotic stewardship to ensure antibiotics will continue to work when they are needed most.

Share your personal story about sepsis on social media using #ThinkSepsis

  • Tell us how sepsis has impacted you or your family, and remind your friends, loved ones to share their stories too. Share stories and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Use the hashtag #ThinkSepsis
  • Repost CDC social media – look for sepsis posts on @cdcgov, @cdc_ncezid and www.facebook.com/cdc

To learn more about CDC’s recently released sepsis Vital Signs report, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/sepsis/index.html. Thank you for your support of sepsis prevention and early recognition.

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