In the United States, sepsis affects more than 1.7 million people and takes 270,000 lives each year. For every hour sepsis treatment is delayed, the risk of death increases as much as eight percent. According to Sepsis Alliance, as many as 80% of sepsis deaths could be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s leading sepsis patient advocacy non-profit organization, recently launched the Sepsis Coordinator Network, a first of its kind online network that provides healthcare professionals with evidence-based best-practice resources and guidance to improve outcomes for patients with sepsis.
The Sepsis Coordinator Network was developed by an advisory committee of nursing leaders with critical experience developing and implementing lifesaving sepsis protocols and working with septic patients. A complementary team of healthcare professionals (physicians, pharmacists, mental health specialists and others) from across the continuum of care will serve as clinical advisors in specialized areas. The network also provides professionals with peer-to-peer forums to ask questions and get support from sepsis experts when they face challenges in their daily practice.
The Sepsis Coordinator Network is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in improving sepsis care and there is no fee to become a member. Interested parties can register at www.SepsisCoordinatorNetwork.org.
Sepsis Alliance has also launched, It’s About TIME, a national initiative to create broader awareness of sepsis and the need for urgency in seeking treatment when there are signs and symptoms.
Sepsis Alliance, “As many as 87 percent of sepsis cases start in the community, not in the hospital, as is widely believed. This makes it important for everyday people to know the signs and symptoms of sepsis, so they can seek treatment immediately. To help everyday people recognize and remember the signs and symptoms of sepsis, Sepsis Alliance created the TIME acronym, which also serves as a reminder to seek medical attention as soon as symptoms are present. The TIME acronym stands for:
- Temperature - Higher or lower than normal
- Infection – May have signs and symptoms of an infection
- Mental decline – Confused, sleepy, difficult to rouse
- Extremely ill – “I feel like I might die,” severe pain or discomfort
The white paper, “It’s About TIME: Recognizing the Signs of Sepsis” aims to drive awareness among the medical community of sepsis as a medical emergency and the key signs and symptoms to recognize through the easy-to-remember T.I.M.E. acronym.
Sepsis Alliance is encouraging everyone to take the time now to learn about sepsis at www.sepsis.org.
About Sepsis Alliance:
Sepsis Alliance is the largest sepsis advocacy organization in the U.S., working in all 50 states to save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis. Sepsis Alliance is a charitable organization run by a dedicated team that shares a strong commitment to battling sepsis. The organization was founded in 2007 by Carl Flatley, DDS, whose daughter Erin unnecessarily died of sepsis when she was 23 years old. Carl created the organization to raise sepsis awareness among both the general public and healthcare professionals.
Sepsis awareness can and does save lives, yet only 58% of adults in the US have ever heard the word. Sepsis Alliance also gives a voice to the millions of people who have been touched by sepsis – to the survivors, and the friends and family members of those who have survived or who have died. For more information, please visit www.sepsis.org.
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