CDC Launches Educational Campaign About Dangers of Sepsis

The CDC wants Americans to become more aware of the dangers of sepsis to the point where it’s one of the things they’ll ask doctors about when symptoms appear, the New York Times reports. Sepsis usually affects people over 65, but all ages are susceptible, even children. Between 1 million and 3 million people get it each year, and 15% to 30% of them will die. Those statistics might be misleading because it is often not listed as a cause of death; that distinction going to the condition or disease that sent the patient to the hospital in the first place, such as cancer. The CDC is starting a major public awareness campaign to familiarize the public with the signs of sepsis. It includes this educational fact sheet.