Get Ahead of Sepsis is a national program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designed to help prevent infections that may lead to sepsis, and improve early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of this life-threatening condition. The program provides print and online resources for health care professionals, patients, and family members.
Sepsis is an extreme response of the body to infection. Without timely treatment, it can quickly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death. According to the CDC, more than 1.5 million people in the United States develop sepsis and at least 250,000 die as a result each year.
Here’s where you can find out how to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of sepsis, which often develops from an infection that begins outside of the hospital or other medical facility.