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What is CDC Doing?

  • CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion’s sepsis-related work includes:
    • Understanding the epidemiology of sepsis by assessing the adult sepsis burden and identifying factors that put people at higher risk for sepsis.
      • Working with pediatric and critical care specialists to develop ways to assess sepsis burden in children.
    • Developing tools for tracking sepsis, such as the Hospital Toolkit for Adult Sepsis Surveillance [PDF – 1.26MB], to help healthcare facilities assess adult sepsis incidence within their facilities.
    • Working with partners, including the CDC Prevention Epicenters, to develop innovative ways to improve sepsis early detection and treatment.
    • Promoting early recognition and timely treatment of sepsis through:
      • Get Ahead of Sepsis, CDC’s educational effort for patients, healthcare professionals, and the general public.
      • Collaboration with partners, clinical organizations, and consumer groups to implement sepsis awareness efforts and improve antibiotic prescribing and use.
    • Preventing infections in health care settings and in the community so that infections that can lead to sepsis can be stopped before they happen