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  • February 26, 2016

Join the Fight Against Pediatric Sepsis with New Collaborative

Sepsis kills more than 4,500 children annually in the U.S., with higher mortality than cancer. Of the 40,000 children diagnosed with sepsis each year, 38 percent of those who survive sustain lifelong disability. As a community of children’s hospitals, we can improve their prognosis through early detection and timely treatment.

Children’s hospitals are joining forces nationally to change outcomes for patients through improved surveillance, diagnosis and treatment. After a year of planning by more than 60 experts from 40 children’s hospitals across the country, the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes collaborative is launching in April. The hospital-wide effort will work across all levels of pediatric subspecialties.

This collaborative represents the first time children’s hospitals have worked together in such a major way to combat a deadly infection that affects all children’s hospitals and hospitals caring for children. Participating members will accelerate progress, detect trends, share knowledge and set the standards of pediatric sepsis care by changing practice, while keeping the core aim in focus—to save lives and reduce morbidity for children with sepsis. 

To learn how to get involved, contact Cherie Thomas at cherie.thomas@childrenshospitals.org.