September is Nationwide Sepsis Consciousness Month

By RHONDA DICKMAN, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Tennessee Middle for Affected person Security

On social media websites this month, you may even see messages about sepsis. September is nationwide Sepsis Consciousness Month. Hospitals, healthcare professionals, sepsis survivors, and anxious members of the family and pals use this chance to inform others concerning the signs and seriousness of sepsis.

Sepsis is the physique’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an an infection. The Sepsis Alliance states that solely 55 p.c of Individuals have heard of sepsis, but over 1.7 million will probably be identified with sepsis this yr … and 270,000 Individuals will die.  

Even healthcare professionals can miss the indicators and signs.

Contemplate Judy’s story. Judy Farris is a registered nurse and the Director of High quality at Henry County Medical Middle in Paris, Tenn.  One month earlier than her daughter’s marriage ceremony in 2013, Judy developed a kidney an infection. Though she was handled with an antibiotic, she wasn’t getting higher. After just a few days of attempting to journey it out, she felt so dangerous she returned to her physician who despatched her instantly to the emergency division. The analysis?  Sepsis. Judy spent over per week within the hospital and will have misplaced her life. Fortunately, she survived and, though very weak, was capable of attend her daughter’s marriage ceremony.

To assist people survive sepsis, hospitals have instituted efficient processes for early identification and remedy. Nevertheless, most individuals wait till they’re very unwell earlier than searching for assist. Sepsis is a medical emergency, and once you discover the signs, you need to search medical consideration and ask, “May it’s sepsis?”

Sepsis signs differ from individual to individual however usually embrace fever, speedy respiratory, speedy coronary heart price, weak point, ache, and feeling very sick. As sepsis progresses, signs can embrace confusion, lethargy, adjustments in pores and skin coloration, decreased urine output, and fainting. Sepsis impacts people of all ages however is extra prevalent within the very younger and really outdated, these with power well being situations, and people with compromised immunity.

To keep away from sepsis, it is very important search remedy for infections, observe antibiotic prescriptions fastidiously, get vaccinations, and apply good hand-washing and private hygiene. Most of the actions promoted to forestall the unfold of COVID-19 assist forestall sepsis and different infections, as nicely. These eligible for flu and pneumonia vaccinations ought to obtain them, as respiratory infections are one of many main precursors to sepsis.

You’ll be able to assist unfold the phrase about sepsis now by posting info on social media websites and speaking about sepsis with sufferers, members of the family, colleagues and pals. The Tennessee Hospital Affiliation’s Sepsis Consciousness Month webpage has movies and graphics that may be simply downloaded and shared. Different sources can be found on the Sepsis Alliance and the Facilities for Illness Management web sites. Collectively we are able to #StopSepsis.

Rhonda Dickman, MSN, RN, CPHQ, is a medical high quality enchancment specialist on the Tennessee Middle for Affected person Security, a division of the Tennessee Hospital Affiliation. The TCPS develops and shares hospital and well being system greatest practices to enhance high quality and affected person outcomes throughout the state. For extra info, go to


Sepsis Consciousness Month Toolkit

Tennessee Middle for Affected person Security

Tennessee Hospital Affiliation