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.
Eight Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsis
- Download and distribute the new educational materials, which include fact sheets, brochures, and infographics for consumers and healthcare professionals, as well as Spanish-speaking audiences. They are available for printing and for electronic posting.
- Watch and share “The Domino Effect” TV public service announcement and “Four Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsis” video.
- Customize our social media messages (see below) 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.
- Post the Get Ahead of Sepsis web buttons to your organization’s website or blog.
- Customize the news release in this toolkit (see below) and push it out 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 (see below).
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? Download the PowerPoint slides here:
Sample Social Media Messages
Copy and paste the below social media messages and use #GetAheadOfSepsis in any messages you share.
Repost CDC social media messages about Get Ahead of Sepsis. Visit @CDCgov, @CDC_NCEZID, and CDC’s Facebook page.
- #GetAheadOfSepsis helps patients, families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals prevent infections and recognize sepsis early. Learn more. https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG
- #GetAheadOfSepsis = ACT FAST. Get medical care RIGHT AWAY if you suspect sepsis or have an infection that’s not getting better or is getting worse. https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG
- Protect your family. Know the sepsis signs and symptoms. https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG. #GetAheadOfSepsis
- Infections can lead to a deadly chain reaction called sepsis. Share this message and talk to your doctor or nurse to learn the signs and symptoms. https://youtu.be/H_IArvYx_vo #GetAheadOfSepsis
- If you or your loved one has an infection that’s not getting better or is getting worse, ask your doctor or nurse, “Could this infection be leading to sepsis?” Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG #GetAheadOfSepsis
- Learn how to prevent infections and manage chronic illnesses to #GetAheadOfSepsis https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG
- Anyone can get an infection, and any infection can lead to sepsis. Learn how to #GetAheadOfSepsis. https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG
- #HCPs: if you suspect sepsis, start antibiotics as soon as possible. Reassess antibiotic therapy in 24-48 hours to stop or change therapy as needed. Be sure antibiotic type, dose, and duration are correct. #GetAheadOfSepsis https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG
Download graphics to share on Facebook.
- #GetAheadOfSepsis encourages patients to ask their doctor or nurse, “Could this infection be leading to sepsis?” https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG
- Learn how you can #GetAheadOfSepsis to protect yourself & your family. https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG
- #GetAheadOfSepsis encourages #healthcare professionals to know sepsis risks, spot the signs, and act fast. https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG
- Infections put you & your family at risk for a life-threatening condition: sepsis. https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG #GetAheadOfSepsis
- #Healthcare professionals: If you suspect sepsis, start #antibiotics as soon as possible. https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG #GetAheadOfSepsis
- Protect your family. Know the sepsis signs and symptoms: https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG #GetAheadOfSepsis
- Learn when to get medical care RIGHT AWAY for sepsis. https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG #GetAheadOfSepsis
- Anyone can get an infection, and almost any infection can lead to sepsis. https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG #GetAheadOfSepsis
- HCPs: suspect sepsis? Start abx fast & reassess need and drug/duration within 48 hrs. #GetAheadOfSepsis https://go.usa.gov/xnrBG
Download graphics to share on Twitter.
Customizable News Release
Customize this news release by filling in pertinent information in the brackets. Send it to media to demonstrate your organization’s support of Get Ahead of Sepsis.
Share these sample articles in newsletters, blogs, and other publications.
For All Audiences—Brief:
For Healthcare Professionals:
The Get Ahead of Sepsis downloadable materials 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.
You can also get print copies of the materials. Here are two ways to order:
- On the CDC-INFO On Demand page, select “sepsis” from the “programs” drop-down menu and click “search”.
- CALL 1-800-CDC-INFO.
Share these fact sheets, brochures, and PSAs with patients and families.
For Spanish-speaking Patients/Families:
Share these brochures and fact sheets with native Spanish-speaking patients.
For Healthcare Professionals:
Share these fact sheets, infographics, and brochures with healthcare professionals.
Social and Digital Media
Post and share these graphics and videos on your social media channels, blogs, and websites.
Sharable English Videos
Share “The Domino Effect” TV public service announcement to spread the word about the importance of sepsis early recognition and timely treatment.
“Four Ways to Get Ahead of Sepsis” Video
Share this video to help others understand sepsis risk factors and symptoms, and how to prevent infections that can lead to sepsis.
Sharable Spanish Videos
Download and share GIFs.
Download these web buttons with code.
- Page last reviewed: August 21, 2017
- Page last updated: September 28, 2018
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