Any infection in the body can lead to sepsis. Without timely treatment, sepsis can lead to septic shock, characterized by organ dysfunction and tissue damage. Septic shock can rapidly lead to death.
Over 1.7 million adults in the United States develop sepsis annually, and 270,000 Americans die as a result.
High risk populations include:
- Adults 65 years and older
- Conditions causing weakened immune system, like cancer treatments, HIV, organ transplant recipients
- Children under 1 year of age
The primary goal in sepsis treatment is early detection and treatment of the infection with antibiotics.
What We Offer
The Sepsis Initiative team leads the efforts to detect and treat patients suffering from sepsis by offering:
- Screening for all ED patients for sepsis
- Evidence-based Sepsis Bundle and Care Pathways
- Education for staff and patients