Do you know how to spot sepsis in children?

Posted on 10/16/2017
Author: Trey Cook, Creative Director

Sepsis Alliance has just announced alarming findings of a new pediatric sepsis survey. The research identified that three-quarters of parents had heard the word “sepsis,” but only 28 percent of parents knew the signs of sepsis in children.

The survey also revealed that 41 percent of parents think children can only get sepsis if they are already in the hospital. However, the reality is as many as 92 percent of sepsis cases originate outside the hospital. Sepsis can develop as a result of everyday occurrences, like a scrape on the playground, a mosquito bite that becomes infected, a urinary tract infection, or a simple case of the flu.  

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Parents are not equipped with an understanding of how to spot sepsis in children and this need for awareness is the catalyst behind Erin’s Campaign for Kids, a Sepsis Alliance initiative that aims to inform and educate parents and medical professionals about sepsis in children. This includes resources like the new Sepsis and Children feature video that tells the story of 8-year-old Michael Stolzenberg who developed sepsis from a cut that became infected, ultimately leading to a quadruple amputation of Michael’s arms and legs.

Michael’s story demonstrates just how life-changing sepsis can be, despite the fact that the survey revealed 42 percent of parents believe there are no long-term effects on children after having sepsis. In reality, surviving sepsis can be very challenging, with one in three children experiencing a decline in their cognitive functional status at just 28 days after leaving the hospital. Many others undergo life-altering complications including amputations.



The MSC Pediatric Sepsis Quality Solution enables multi-disciplinary healthcare team performance improvement in early recognition and treatment of sepsis in infants and children for improved patient outcomes, reduced mortality and reduced healthcare cost. Learn more:

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