Sepsis programs raise awareness of risk factors

Columbus Regional Hospital physicians and staff are engaging in a month-long initiative to raise awareness about sepsis.

Sepsis is when the body has an out-of-control response to an infection. A life-threatening condition, it can quickly lead to tissue damage, organ failure or death, hospital officials said. September is Sepsis Awareness Month, recognizing that more than 1.5 million people develop sepsis, and at least 250,000 people die as a result.

A multi-disciplinary team of CRH physicians, nurse and pharmacists are leading efforts in the health system to educate patients and their families, medical and the nursing staff and the community about prevention, symptoms and treatment. This is the second year in a row the team has led the concentrated effort surrounding the disease.

This month, CRH will have outreach efforts, including medical education seminars and interdepartmental information boards about the warning signs, early treatment recommendations and discharge education. Seminars and health fair events will be open to the public.

For a list of events, visit

Author photo
Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.