September is Sepsis Awareness Month
, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sponsoring and/or promoting numerous events to stress the importance of detecting this life-threatening condition early and taking preventative measures.
All events to be held in September dovetail nicely with a Vital Signs report
released by the CDC late last month that centered on sepsis. The release of the report coincided with a related press conference
held by the CDC that featured CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden and Mitchell Levy, MD, MCCM, FCCP, a founding and Executive Committee member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign
, discussing the report and emphasizing the importance of early identification.
Events in September include:
The 1st World Sepsis Congress
– Thursday, September 8 and Friday, September 9
In 13 distinctive sessions, more than 70 speakers from more than 20 countries will give 10-minute keynotes and presentations on the number one preventable cause of death worldwide: sepsis. After each talk, the speakers will answer live questions from the audience.
Twitter Chat Centered on Sepsis
– Tuesday, September 13, at 12:00 p.m. (CT)
The chat will feature Dr. Richard Besser of ABC News discussing sepsis. Dr. Richard Besser is the Chief Health and Medical Editor for ABC News. To participate, use #abcDrBchat
Before, during and after the above events, you are encouraged to keep the conversation going on social media by using the following hashtag: #ThinkSepsis