Healthcare Professional Information
Educate your patients and their families about:
- Preventing infections
- Keeping cuts and wounds clean and covered until healed
- Managing chronic conditions
- Recognizing early signs and symptoms of worsening infection and sepsis, and seeking immediate care if signs and symptoms are present
If you suspect sepsis:
Sepsis is a medical emergency. You play a critical role. Protect your patients by ACTING FAST.
- Know your facility’s existing guidance for diagnosing and managing sepsis.
- Immediately alert the healthcare professional overseeing care of the patient if it is not you.
- Start antibiotics as soon as possible in addition to other therapies appropriate for the patient. If a specific bacterial cause of sepsis is known, therapy should be targeted to optimize treatment and broad-spectrum antibiotics might not be needed.
- Check patient progress frequently. Treatment requires urgent medical care, usually in an intensive care unit in a hospital, and includes careful monitoring of vital signs and often antibiotics. Early and frequent reassessment of patients with sepsis should be undertaken to determine the appropriate duration and type of therapy.
With your fast recognition and treatment, most patients survive.
Long-Term Care Settings
Resources to help you prevent infections that can lead to sepsis and recognize signs and symptoms of sepsis to identify residents early and get them immediate treatment.
All Settings (Print Only)
Educate your patients on how to prevent infections, what signs and symptoms to look for, and when to seek medical care for possible sepsis.
EMS Personnel and Disaster Responders
Resources to help you rapidly identify sepsis in the field and in disaster settings.
Free continuing education credit