September is Sepsis Awareness Month!

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September is Sepsis Awareness Month and the 1st Anniversary of CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis Educational Effort 

Did you know that each year, at least 1.7 million Americans develop sepsis, and nearly 270,000 die as a result? Spread the word about sepsis prevention and recognition during Sepsis Awareness Month. It could save a life.

Here’s What You Can Do:
  • Share the CDC's Free Educational Materials to learn how to prevent infections, be alert to the signs and symptoms of sepsis, and act fast if sepsis is suspected. 
    Download FREE Educational Materials for patients and healthcare professionals—including fact sheets, brochures, public service announcements (PSAs), social media, shareable videos, and NEW Spanish-language materials.

  • Order hardcopy materials two ways: 
  1. Order online. Select “Sepsis” from the Programs drop-down menu and click “Search.” Then select the materials you want. 
  2. Call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
  • Go Social. Add the Get Ahead of Sepsis Facebook frame to your profile picture to show your support and help others learn how they can prevent sepsis or spot it early when it happens. To add the frame, search “Get Ahead of Sepsis” on the Facebook profile picture frames page.

  • Learn. Register to hear CDC’s Dr. Denise Cardo, director of the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion (DHQP), present on CDC’s sepsis activities during the Global Sepsis Alliance’s 2nd World Sepsis Congress on Thursday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Participation is open to everyone online and is free of charge.

To learn about sepsis and how to prevent infections, visit:


CDC's Get Ahead of Sepsis Project

This is a national effort to encourage healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers to prevent infections, be alert to the signs of sepsis, and act fast if sepsis is suspected. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

Watch and shareThe Domino Effectvideo public service announcement andFour Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsisvideo.