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CDC Sepsis Resources Underscore Hospitals’ Critical Role

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new sepsis-related resources highlighting the critical role hospitals and other health care providers play in prevention, detection, and appropriate treatment.

In an Aug. 23 Vital Signs report, CDC offers resources aimed at reducing sepsis. The report outlines several ways in which providers can reduce sepsis rates, including:

  • following infection control requirements and promoting recommended vaccines;
  • educating patients and their families about sepsis;
  • educating themselves about sepsis symptoms and treatment;
  • immediately ordering tests and prescribing antibiotics when sepsis symptoms are detected; and
  • reassessing sepsis patients’ progress.

The report notes that health care facility CEOs and administrators should make infection control a priority, train health care providers and front-line staff on detecting sepsis, and collaborate with other facilities and local health departments.

This September, as part of Sepsis Awareness Month, CDC will offer several events related to sepsis prevention and treatment:

  • World Sepsis Congress, an online event developed by the nonprofit Global Sepsis Alliance, on Sept. 8 and 9;
  • Twitter chat with ABC News’ Richard Besser, MD, and CDC on Sept. 13, at 1 pm ET, using #ABCDrBChat;
  • “Advances in Sepsis: Protecting Patients Throughout the Lifespan” webinar on Sept. 13, at 3 pm ET; and
  • “Empowering Nurses for Early Sepsis Recognition” webinar on Sept. 22, at 2 pm ET.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Michelle Rosenfeld is manager of communications at America's Essential Hospitals.

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