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What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is an extreme reaction by the body to an infection. It can start anywhere in the body that an infection is found, including skin, lungs, etc. If not treated right away, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and even death. Sepsis is a life-threatening medical emergency.

Sepsis Happens When …


Signs and Symptoms

  • Clammy or sweaty skin
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Extreme pain or discomfort
  • Fever, shivering, or feeling very cold
  • High heart rate
  • Shortness of breath


Tips to Preventing Sepsis

  • Prevent infections taking care of chronic conditions and get recommended vaccines.
  • Practice good hygiene by washing your hands and keeping cuts clean and covered.


Sepsis Data

Each year, at least 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis.

Nearly 270,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis.

1 in 3 patients who die in a hospital have sepsis.


Resources for Providers

Evaluation for Severe Sepsis Screening Tool

Compilation of Sepsis Screening Tools

Sepsis Standard Work: Improving Compliance with Early Recognition and Management of Perinatal Sepsis

Advances in Sepsis: Protecting Patients Throughout the Lifespan


Page last updated: October 2, 2019

Page last reviewed: October 2, 2019