Sepsis

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Children's hospitals treat nearly 65 percent of sepsis cases in children.

Challenge sepsis. Change lives.

Sepsis, often called blood poisoning, can start with something as simple as a scrape or as complex as surgery. Every year sepsis affects a million people in the U.S., including as many as 40,000 children, but most people have never heard of it. 

Research has advanced our understanding of sepsis, yet it remains a leading cause of death in hospitalized children, and survivors face long-term health issues. Early recognition of sepsis will save children's lives. 

Sepsis Awareness Month

Sepsis advocates from children's hospitals, CHA and other organizations like Sepsis Alliance, partner to build awareness, and we’re focusing on pediatric sepsis Sept. 11-15. Learn more about special events and children's hospitals' plans.

 



Resources

Article
This Hospital Proved Investing in Sepsis Quality Initiatives can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs
September 7, 2017

​Here's how to demonstrate the difference quality improvement investments make.

Article
Families and Clinicians Fight Against Sepsis
August 1, 2017

Parents and clinicians reflect on the experience of helping kids fight sepsis.

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Sepsis Alliance Names Children's Hospital Association a 2017 Sepsis Hero
May 17, 2017

The honor recognizes CHA and its member hospitals' leadership in improving outcomes for pediatric sepsis through efforts such as its innovative ...

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STAT Article Features Sepsis Collaborative Work
April 27, 2017

A national news article released today explores what makes sepsis a leading killer of children and how 44 children’s hospitals are working with CHA ...

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Pediatric Sepsis Patient Stories
April 27, 2017

Read compelling stories of how early recognition and treatment of sepsis saves lives. The sepsis stories project is part of the Improving Pediatric ...

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Two Sepsis Recognition Tools are Saving Kids' Lives
March 29, 2017

Nurses play a central role on pediatric sepsis response teams, where collaboration between providers is critical to timely recognition and treatment ...

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8 Lessons From Children's Hospitals Working to Improve Sepsis Outcomes
March 22, 2017

Here are early insights from the first year of CHA's pediatric sepsis collaborative.

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Nursing On the Forefront of the Battle Against Pediatric Sepsis: A Webinar for Clinicians
January 11, 2017

CHA's 2017 Sepsis Webinar Series kicks off with a closer look at clinicians who are changing pediatric sepsis outcomes.

Article
National Sepsis Expert: Children’s Hospitals Can Mobilize to Reduce Severe Sepsis and Sepsis Deaths
November 9, 2016

Charles Macias, M.D., M.P.H., Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes collaborative co-chair, discusses the potential for improved outcomes in sepsis ...

Announcement or News
CDC Blog Spotlights Pediatric Sepsis and Collaborative
September 12, 2016

Guest authored by CHA's COO Amy Knight, the CDC Safe Healthcare blog post spotlights pediatric sepsis and CHA's new collaborative.

Fact Sheet
Stages of Sepsis in Children
September 9, 2016

Sepsis can progress very quickly in children's small bodies. Learn the signs and symptoms of sepsis stages.

Announcement or News
Washington Post Runs Letter to the Editor on Pediatric Sepsis
September 6, 2016

The Sept. 4 letter highlighted the work of the Children's Hospital Association's new sepsis collaborative.

Fact Sheet
What is Sepsis?
September 1, 2016

Sepsis, often called blood poisoning, can start with a simple scrape or surgery, and is a leading cause of death in hospitalized children.

Reference Material
New CDC Vital Signs Report Labels Sepsis a Medical Emergency
August 30, 2016

The CDC joins many organizations to emphasize the importance of early recognition of sepsis, which can cause life-threatening illness or death.

Article
Sepsis: Battling a Leading Cause of Death in Hospitalized Children
July 28, 2016

Sepsis is highly elusive in its early stages. To combat it, hospitals must adopt tools, team-based approaches and change culture.

Article
Collaborative Work Underway to Help Children's Hospitals Fight Sepsis
July 28, 2016

Children's hospitals participating in the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes collaborative began work to improve all levels of care around sepsis.

Article
How to Stop Sepsis Through Training
April 20, 2016

Team training and hands-on practice are important for stopping the number one enemy in hospitals.

Article
Join the Fight Against Pediatric Sepsis with New Collaborative
February 26, 2016

CHA is launching a collaborative to work across all levels of pediatric subspecialties to improve sepsis outcomes.

Article
CHA Joins Risk Managers' Conversation About Sepsis
January 29, 2016

In an ECRI Institute article, Sepsis: Combating the Hidden Colossus, CHA's VP of quality improvement discusses the important role of children's ...

Article
Children's Hospitals Have a Voice at National Sepsis Forum
September 23, 2015

The Children's Hospital Association participated in the Rory Staunton Foundation's Second National Forum on Sepsis.

Article
A First-hand Account of Sepsis with Two Different Outcomes
September 14, 2015

Matthew contracted sepsis from his mother in utero, and upon birth, was immediately transferred to a children's hospital and survived. His mother ...

Announcement or News
Partnerships to Reduce Pediatric Sepsis
September 1, 2015

Children’s hospitals, CHA and other organizations are partnering to build the best protocols and improve pediatric sepsis outcomes.

Presentation or Recording
AAP Section on Emergency Medicines Pediatric Septic Shock Collaborative
July 14, 2015

View this recorded webinar to learn about national multi-year partnerships in pediatric sepsis that are yielding results in the ER.

Presentation or Recording
System-wide Sepsis Improvement Implementation University of North Carolina
June 10, 2015

View this recorded webinar to hear how UNC Children's Hospital is developing and implementing a system-wide sepsis improvement project.

Presentation or Recording
A Broad View of the National Pediatric Sepsis Effort
March 5, 2015

View this recorded webinar to hear experts discuss work to reduce mortality and improve outcomes.

Contact

Webinar Series

In this free series, national pediatric sepsis experts help children's hospitals improve how they care for patients with sepsis.

Sepsis Collaborative

Join hospitals across the U.S. to defeat pediatric sepsis. Enrollment is open through Dec. 31, 2017.

Patient Stories

Sepsis Stories

Read compelling stories of how early recognition and treatment of sepsis saves lives. 

Sepsis Course

Using evidence-based practice, clinicians can improve outcomes by reducing variability across the continuum of sepsis care.

Sepsis Newsletter

The Improving Sepsis Outcomes newsletter features recent articles, reports and news on efforts for better sepsis care and patient outcomes.