September marks the one-year anniversary of the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium, a statewide effort to advance sepsis care and save lives. Next week, the Consortium will launch a public education campaign to increase awareness about sepsis and equip people with the information they need to recognize and respond to sepsis in its early stages, when treatment is most effective.
Patient Safety Beat
talked with five individuals who generously shared their experiences as patients or family members of people affected by sepsis, which is responsible annually for more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. Even when treated successfully, sepsis can cause long-term physical and emotional harm. We asked each of them: