CDC offers free educational resources to help partners communicate how to prevent sepsis or spot it early when it happens.
This partner toolkit introduction letter provides an overview of the following communication tools to make it easy for you and your organization to help promote the importance of sepsis early recognition and prompt treatment, as well as the importance of preventing infections that could lead to sepsis.
Seven Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsis
- Distribute the educational materials, which include fact sheets, brochures, and infographics for patients and healthcare professionals in English and Spanish. These materials are available for printing and for posting on your websites.
- Watch and share The Domino Effect TV public service announcement and Get Ahead of Sepsis video.
- Customize our social media messages to spark conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
- Remember to use the hashtag #GetAheadofSepsis in all social media messages.
- Share the Get Ahead of Sepsis social media graphics.
- Customize the news release in this toolkit and distribute to media to demonstrate your organization’s support of Get Ahead of Sepsis.
- Use the “drop-in” articles in your e-blasts, newsletters, and other publications.
Partner Webinar: “Learn How to Get Ahead of Sepsis”
In honor of Sepsis Awareness Month, CDC hosted a partner webinar in September 2018 to provide an update on the Get Ahead of Sepsis educational effort since its launch in September 2017, including an overview of new materials, CDC’s Sepsis Awareness Month events, and a sneak peek of activities for the next year.
Missed the presentation? Slides are available here:
The Get Ahead of Sepsis educational resources are available to help support and educate healthcare professionals, patients, families, and caregivers about their important roles in recognizing sepsis and preventing infections that can lead to sepsis. Print and distribute these materials to patients, caregivers, colleagues, and your networks.
Order Get Ahead of Sepsis materials
You can order 2 ways:
- Call 1-800-CDC-INFO
- Visit CDC-Info On Demand – Publications
Select “Sepsis” from the Programs drop down menu and click “Search”
For Patients and Families:
Free educational materials for patients and families can be found on the Patient Information page.
For Healthcare Professionals:
Share these fact sheets, infographics, and brochures found on the Healthcare Professional Information page.
For Spanish-speaking Patients/Families:
Share these brochures and fact sheets found on the Información en español page with Spanish-speaking patients.
Videos and Animated GIFs
Post and share these videos and animated gifs on your social media channels, blogs, and websites.
Sharable English Videos
“The Domino Effect” TV Public Service Announcement
Share “The Domino Effect” TV public service announcement to spread the word about the importance of sepsis early recognition and timely treatment.
“The Domino Effect” TV public service announcement [Video – 0:33]
“The Domino Effect” (short) TV public service announcement [Video – 0:18]
“Four Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsis” Video
Share this video to help others understand sepsis risk factors, signs and symptoms, and how to prevent infections that can lead to sepsis.
“Four Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsis” [Video – 1:51]
Sharable Spanish Videos
Download and share GIFs found on the Share page.
Sample Social Media Messages
Copy and paste the below social media messages and use #GetAheadofSepsis in any messages you share.
Shareable social media graphics can be found on the Share page.
- Sepsis happens when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. If you know the risks, can spot the signs and symptoms, and act fast, then you can get ahead of sepsis. http://bit.ly/2MkPGU7external icon
- Anyone can get an infection, and almost any infection can lead to sepsis. However, adults 65 and older are at higher risk. Educating yourself is the first step in prevention. http://bit.ly/2yScly3external icon
- One of the best ways to get ahead of sepsis is by following simple infection prevention practices. These include washing your hands, keeping cuts clean and covered until healed, and getting recommended vaccines. http://bit.ly/2YVQBw1external icon
- Cleaning your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a simple and effective way to help prevent infections. Learn more about how you can protect yourself from infections that can lead to a life-threatening condition called sepsis. http://bit.ly/2TALO25external icon
Visit CDC’s Facebook page.
- Practicing good hygiene is one way you can prevent #infections that can lead to #sepsis. Make it a habit to clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and #GetAheadofSepsis. http://bit.ly/31wnnFAexternal icon
- Could this #infection be leading to #sepsis? Start the conversation today with your doctor or nurse so you can #GetAheadofSepsis. http://bit.ly/2KJLQjSexternal icon
- When germs get into a person’s body, they can cause an #infection. If that infection isn’t stopped, it can cause #sepsis. Know the risks, spot the signs and symptoms, and act fast so you can #GetAheadOfSepsis. http://bit.ly/2ZVGetmexternal icon
- Healthcare professionals: 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis each year, and nearly 270,000 die as a result. Educate your patients and their families on how to protect themselves from this life-threatening condition. http://bit.ly/31x3UVhexternal icon
- Healthcare Professionals: Antibiotics are the most powerful tools to fight infections & sepsis. When sepsis is suspected, start antibiotics and get cultures immediately, then reassess antibiotic therapy after 24-48 hours. http://bit.ly/2KuSIToexternal icon
- Healthcare Professionals: Remember to clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to protect yourself and your patients from serious infections that can lead to sepsis. http://bit.ly/2YLqwVdexternal icon
- Healthcare professionals: Your patients are counting on you. Educate them on ways to prevent infections that can lead to sepsis, how to recognize the signs and symptoms, and when to seek medical care. http://bit.ly/31uuwGgexternal icon
Visit CDC’s LinkedIn page.
- When germs get into a person’s body, they can cause an #infection. If that infection isn’t stopped, it can cause #sepsis. Know the risks, spot the signs and symptoms, and act fast so you can #GetAheadOfSepsis. CDC.gov/sepsis #publichealth #health #CDC #patientsafety #gethealthy #stayhealthy
- Anyone can get an #infection, and almost any infection can lead to #sepsis. Knowing the signs and symptoms is one easy way you can protect yourself and your family. Cdc.gov/sepsis #GetAheadofSepsis #publichealth #health #CDC #patientsafety #gethealthy #stayhealthy
- Cleaning your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a simple and effective way to help prevent serious #infections that can lead to #sepsis. Practice infection prevention steps, like proper #handwashing, to #GetAheadOfSepsis. Cdc.gov/sepsis #publichealth #health #CDC #cleanhandscount #patientsafety #gethealthy #stayhealthy
- Adults 65 and older are at higher risk for developing #infections that can lead to #sepsis. Knowing the four ways to get ahead of sepsis could save your loved one’s life. CDC.gov/sepsis #GetAheadofSepsis #CDC #publichealth #health #stayhealthy #gethealthy
Visit CDC’s Instagram page.
Customizable News Release
Customize this news release by filling in your organization’s information in the brackets. Adobe Acrobat Pro software is required to customize this document. Send it to media to demonstrate your organization’s support of Get Ahead of Sepsis.
Customize and share these sample articles in newsletters, blogs, and other publications.