Severe sepsis and septic shock are major health care problems, affecting millions of people around the world each year, with a mortality rate of 20-50% and increasing in incidence. Sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and is the leading cause of death in non-coronary ICUs and the 10th leading cause of death overall. In the US, more than 700 patients die of severe sepsis daily (1.6 million new cases/ year). Learn more about sep​sis »​

2016 Sepsis Awareness Month

September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and in Indiana almos​t 3,500 Hoosiers die from sepsis each year according to the 2015 IHA Inpatient Discharge Study. In 2016, IHA hosted a sepsis awareness campaign with the theme, See It. Stop It. Survive It. Throughout the campaign, IHA pushed sepsis awareness on social media, hosting four webinars, creating digital media and billboard advertisements, hosting our educational website​ and much more.​ 

In conjunction with World Sepsis Day, Governor Pence declared Sept. 13 Sepsis Awareness Day in Indiana and IHA held Indiana's Rally Against Sepsis.

IHA created a Sepsis Awareness Toolkit including everything from FAQs and fact sheets to social media guidelines and posters. This toolkit was created to aid hospitals in raising sepsis awareness in your communities. Along with our toolkit, we also have created templates for billboard advertisements. If you are interested in having a Sepsis Awareness Month billboard, please email Cynthia Roush at for the artwork files or download the artwork below.​​

Read the full case study of our efforts from our See It. Stop It. Survive It. Sepsis Awareness Month Campaign, which took place in September 2016. 

Sepsis Webinars

CDC Sepsis Website

Sepsis is a consequence of infection that is difficult to predict, diagnose and treat. Patients who develop sepsis have an increased risk of complications and death and face higher health care costs and longer treatment. CDC is working to increase sepsis awareness and improve early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of patients. Learn more about sepsis on the CDC sepsis website that houses the following information: 

  • Basic information – questions and answers for patients, fact sheets
  • Clinical guidelines and tools – guidelines, bundles, education resources and tools
  • Improving survival - quality improvement efforts by health care facilities to improve survival in sepsis
  • Medical bibliography - selected sepsis chapters from medical textbooks
  • Data reports - recent reports on the incidence of sepsis
  • Related links - additional information about sepsis