Every two minutes someone dies from sepsis in the U.S. — that’s more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. Sepsis is a public health challenge and the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium brings together leading experts and advocates from across the state to advance sepsis care, raise awareness and save lives.

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Sepsis is a medical emergency caused by the body’s overwhelming response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. One Massachusetts study found that septicemia and disseminated infections represent 4.1 percent of all hospital admissions statewide — making these conditions the leading cause of hospitalization after labor and newborn delivery.

The Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium is a collaboration of more than 25 health care providers, payers, researchers, patients, state agencies, and policymakers. The Consortium oversees a series of targeted initiatives to prevent sepsis and improve early detection and treatment, reducing the impact of this deadly condition on patients, families, and the health care system in the Commonwealth.

Read the charter for more information about the consortium and a list of members.

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Emergency Departments

Read the Consortium's report and toolkit on screening for sepsis and treatment protocols in the ED.

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Pediatrics

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign published the first guidelines for diagnosing and treating sepsis in children

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Post-Acute & Long-Term Care

The Consortium is currently working on strategies to improve early recognition in high-risk individuals, such as people with disabilities and those aged 65 and older.

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Public Awareness

The majority of adults in the U.S. cannot identify the most common symptoms of sepsis, and 35 percent have never heard of it. The Consortium's public awareness campaign, Sepsis Smart, aims to let people know about sepsis and what to do if a loved one is showing signs of this serious disease.

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Videos

Remarks by Secretary Sudders and two Massachusetts residents deeply affected by sepsis

What You Need to Know to Save a Life from the Rory Staunton Foundation

Sepsis: It's About Time to Save a Life from the Sepsis Alliance