Sepsis Survivor Week - February 11-17, 2024

Sepsis is caused by the body’s immune system overreacting to an infection. Often, it is caused by a bacterial infection that starts in the lungs, bladder, kidneys, or stomach. Despite sepsis being preventable, it continues to affect 1.7 million people annually, resulting in 370,000 deaths and 13,700 amputations. More than half of the people who survive sepsis continue to have long-term physical, cognitive, and psychological challenges including:


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February 11th-17this observed as Sepsis Survivor Week to honor those who survived this life-threatening condition. Survivors will share their individual experiences, provide education on sepsis and infection prevention, and bring awareness to the unseenmental, physical, and emotional challenges many face daily. Sepsis prevention is only possible through infection prevention. To prevent infections, practice good hand hygiene, disinfect common areas, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and get vaccinated. For more information on sepsis prevention go to