On Aug. 16, Governor Chris Sununu signed a proclamation announcing September as “Sepsis Awareness Month” in New Hampshire. Sepsis is blanket term referring to a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputations and death. As many as 80% of sepsis deaths could be prevented by rapid diagnosis and treatment.
The annual observance was created in 2011 by Sepsis Alliance to foster awareness for correct identification and treatment of sepsis. Sepsis is a rapid response to infection that can lead to serious complications, and is currently the leading causes of death in U.S. hospitals.
A new training initiatives among home care agencies aim to improve the quality and timeliness of outpatient identifications and treatment of sepsis in New Hampshire.