Sepsis is a serious complication caused by the body’s response to infection that can be difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death. However, early detection of sepsis in a patient and effective, coordinated treatment can significantly improve a patient’s chance of survival.

There are many risk factors for the development and progression of sepsis, including advanced age, compromised immune system response, chronic illness, broad spectrum antibiotic use, and exposure to infection associated with surgical and invasive procedures.

The Department of Public Health is working with our partners to learn about best practices and evidence-based protocols to diagnose and treat sepsis.

If you would like more information about Sepsis, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/sepsis/index.html to find: