CDC Promotes Sepsis Awareness with Materials for Patients and Healthcare Professionals
October 6, 2017 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
To combat public misconceptions about sepsis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new materials to help patients and healthcare professionals act fast if sepsis is suspected. The Sepsis Alliance, which promotes increased awareness of sepsis, found in a survey conducted this year that fewer than 1% of respondents could identify the signs and symptoms of sepsis and that 24% believe that healthy people do not need to be concerned about sepsis, an overwhelming systemic response to infection and the third leading cause of death. CDC's new materials include fact sheets, infographics, and brochures for patients and a sepsis pocket guide for healthcare professionals.