Understand the Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis
September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to infection, which can
lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and possibly death. In the U.S.,
sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals with more than 258,000
sepsis-related deaths occurring each year
But we can change that, as sepsis is entirely preventable and treatable.
RWJBarnabas Health has focused on the early recognition and rapid treatment
of sepsis, which has had a significant impact on patient outcomes for
those that develop this life-threatening condition. Over the past two
years, RWJBarnabas Health has seen a 16.8% reduction in sepsis mortality
through staff education and the implementation of sepsis protocols at
all of our hospitals.
But preventing infections is the best way to stop sepsis before it begins.
It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of sepsis to better
protect and advocate early treatment for family, friends, and yourself.
To learn more about sepsis and its symptoms, visit the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.