Sepsis Awareness Month is September
September has been designated as Sepsis Awareness Month by Sepsis Alliance since 2011. Every September since, healthcare professionals and individuals in all areas of medicine, as well as businesses and organizations, have been invited to help raise awareness of sepsis and save lives. The month is all about letting people know about the symptoms and signs of sepsis. The intent is to encourage people to act quickly and get the help that they need.
What Is Sepsis?
Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to an infection. It can happen due to any infection, but the germs that most commonly trigger it are bloodstream infections, kidney infections, abdominal infections, and pneumonia. Your immune system has an overreaction to an infection, and so it begins damaging the organs and tissues in your body. You cannot catch sepsis from another person. Sepsis is believed to impact more than 30 million people around the world every year. There are three stages of sepsis: sepsis, severe sepsis, and sepsis shock. Many experience sepsis while they are in the hospital recovering from a procedure. However, this is not always the case.
One of the most important actions we can do in honor of Sepsis Awareness Month is to educate yourself and others about the different sepsis symptoms so that you know what to look out for. You could potentially save a life!