9/2/15

Sepsis Fact Sheets Released by CDC


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a series of fact sheets on sepsis.

The fact sheets are aimed at improving early detection and treatment of sepsis, which is the body's overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection. Sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and even death. It can occur to anyone, at any time, from any type of infection that is anywhere in the body, including infections of the skin, lungs (such as pneumonia), urinary tract and abdomen (such as appendicitis). It can occur even after a minor infection.

The fact sheets were developed in collaboration with Sepsis Alliance, Rory Staunton Foundation and the CDC Foundation.

They are as follows:

  • Sepsis Fact Sheet – Includes basic information on what is sepsis, what causes sepsis, what are the symptoms of sepsis, what to do if you think you have sepsis and more.
  • Cancer, Infection and Sepsis Fact Sheet – Discusses the risks of infection and sepsis among cancer patients and how to prevent infections.
  • Life After Sepsis Fact Sheet – Provides information for sepsis survivors on the steps in recovery, symptoms to expect upon returning home, long-term effects of sepsis and more.

There is no single sign or symptom of sepsis. It is a combination of symptoms. Since sepsis is the result of an infection, symptoms can include infection signs (diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, etc.), as well as any of the following symptoms:


Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.

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