Sepsis is the body’s overactive and extreme response to an infection. It’s unpredictable, can progress rapidly, and affects more than 1.7 million people in the United States each year. Without prompt treatment, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. NIGMS supports state-of-the-art sepsis research, including the development of rapid diagnostics and new therapeutics. September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and we’re highlighting a few resources that offer more information about this condition.
For a thorough overview, check out our fact sheet, available in both English and Spanish. It answers some common questions and discusses the kinds of sepsis research that NIGMS supports. You can find more information on causes, risks, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sepsis webpage. In addition, they offer educational materials for patients and health care professionals, including brochures, fact sheets, and an interactive quiz.