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Healthcare Professional (HCP) Resources

All healthcare professionals

Infections put your patients at risk for sepsis. Be alert to the signs, and if you suspect sepsis, act fast.

Healthcare professionals can:

  • Know sepsis signs to identify and treat patients early.
  • Act fast if you suspect sepsis.
  • Prevent infections by following infection control practices (e.g. hand hygiene, catheter removal) and ensuring patients receive recommended vaccines.
  • Educate your patients and their families about:
    • Preventing infections.
    • Keeping scrapes and wounds clean.
    • Managing chronic conditions.
    • Recognizing early signs of worsening infection and sepsis and seeking immediate care if signs are present.

If you suspect sepsis:

  • Immediately alert clinician in charge if it is not you.
  • Start antibiotics as soon as possible, in addition to other therapies appropriate for that individual patient.
  • Check patient progress frequently. Reassess antibiotic therapy 24-48 hours to stop or adjust therapy if needed. Be sure antibiotic type, dose, and duration are correct.

Infographic, fact sheet, brochure, and pocket guide

Use these materials to educate your patients about risks, signs and symptoms, and ways they can prevent sepsis.

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Fact sheet and pocket guide

Use these materials to educate yourself and your colleagues about recognizing signs and symptoms and treating patients quickly.

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Fact sheets

Use these materials to educate your patients/residents on the signs and symptoms, risks, and how to prevent infections leading to sepsis.

Posters

Use these posters as a visual reminder to be alert and protect your patients from sepsis.

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