Every year more than one million Americans develop sepsis—a life-threatening medical condition that arises when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection.

Anyone can get sepsis, but two-thirds of all cases occur in people over the age of 65.  Around 40 percent of patients who get sepsis don't survive—making it the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

The key to fighting this dangerous condition is recognizing it early and treating it quickly. 

Pocket Film

This short film gives an overview of what sepsis is, who is at risk, and the critical signs and symptoms to watch for. It also underscores the need for timely treatment—for every hour delay in appropriate treatment, the risk of death increases by 8 percent.

Helpful Resources

The Sepsis Alliance was created to raise sepsis awareness among both the general public and healthcare professionals. Sepsis awareness can and does save lives, yet fewer than half of American adults have ever heard the word. Sepsis Alliance also gives a voice to the millions of people who have been touched by sepsis—to the survivors, and the friends and family members of those who have survived or who have died. Survivors and those left behind often feel as if they are alone.

Its Sepsis & Aging resources page discusses the suspectibility of older adults to sepsis, as well as symptoms, treatment, and more.