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Participate in OHA SOS Event, Get Ahead of Sepsis this September

09/08/2017

 

 

Less than 1 percent of U.S. Adults know the signs of sepsis – a condition that affected 38,000 Ohioans last year and resulted in 7,380 deaths in our state in 2016.
 
In recognition of Sepsis Awareness Month, the Ohio Hospital Association will host a virtual live community awareness event 10 a.m. Sept. 28 featuring OHA's Signs of Sepsis campaign—OHA SOS.
 
Rick Cochran is alive today because his wife recognized the signs of sepsis after a cut on Rick’s foot became infected. Within hours, he was in a coma for 10 days.
 
Cochran, his wife and the care team at Fairfield Medical Center will share his survival story and explain how his life was saved by early recognition and early intervention.
 
The event will include an overview of OHA’s statewide initiative and remarks from community partners, LeadingAge Ohio and Sepsis Alliance.
 
RSVP here to receive the streaming link. For media participation, register here.
 
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.
 
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched Get Ahead of Sepsis, an educational initiative to protect Americans from the devastating effects of sepsis. This initiative emphasizes the importance of early recognition and timely treatment of sepsis, as well as the importance of preventing infections that could lead to sepsis.
 
The Get Ahead of Sepsis initiative calls on health care professionals to educate patients, prevent infections, suspect and identify sepsis early and start sepsis treatment fast. In addition, this work urges patients and their families to prevent infections, be alert to the symptoms of sepsis, and seek immediate medical care if sepsis is suspected or for an infection that is not improving or is getting worse.
 
For more information about Get Ahead of Sepsis and to access materials, visit: www.cdc.gov/sepsis.
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