About Sepsis Alliance
Founded in 2007, Sepsis Alliance strives to raise awareness of sepsis, which is most simply defined as a toxic response to an infection. Its mission is to “save lives by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency.” Over 1.6 million people each year in the U.S. get sepsis, and in 2013 more than 250,000 people died from it. Sepsis is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., taking more lives than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and AIDS combined. Over the past ten years, awareness of sepsis has more than doubled in the U.S., although still fewer than half of U.S. adults know what it is.
About Our Partnership
Often referred to as “blood poisoning,” sepsis is the body’s toxic response to infection. Sepsis can be caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses, although a bacterial source is most common. The symptoms of sepsis can include fever, chills, rapid breathing and heart rate, rash, confusion and disorientation. Many of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions (influenza, pulmonary embolism or side effects of certain drugs), making sepsis difficult to diagnose in its early stages. As a result, in the U.S. alone, sepsis annually claims 258,000 lives and costs more than $20 billion in healthcare costs. To encourage breakthrough innovation within today’s healthcare climate, Sepsis Alliance and Edison Nation Medical have partnered together to encourage constituents from throughout the health system to share inventions and ideas for improving the rapid detection, prevention, or treatment of sepsis.
“This new alliance with Edison Nation Medical is all about saving lives,” said Thomas Heymann, President of Sepsis Alliance. “In addition to raising awareness of sepsis and the existing protocols that can dramatically reduce the impact of sepsis, our organization is committed to fostering new diagnostics and treatments related to the early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. This joint effort is an exciting new avenue through which we hope to uncover new sepsis breakthroughs.”
Type of Organization
Non-profit patient and professional advocacy organization connecting patients, families, and medical professionals with the tools to successfully combat sepsis
Sepsis patients, medical professionals, and first responders who work with sepsis patients
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