Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. It is difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. Patients who develop sepsis have an increased risk of complications and death and face higher healthcare costs and longer treatment. CDC is working to increase sepsis awareness and improve treatment among the public, healthcare providers, and healthcare facilities. Read personal stories and perspectives on sepsis at: CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog.
- Page last reviewed: August 31, 2015
- Page last updated: August 31, 2015
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