Page 120 nursing.elitecme.com Complete Your CE Test Online - Click Here UTIs can affect anyone but are more common in females. Those with indwelling catheters or those who self-catheterize are highly susceptible to developing UTIs. Bacteria can easily be introduced into the urinary tract after defecating, after having sex, or from unsanitary conditions. A urinary tract infection that leads to sepsis is known as urosepsis. ● ● Viral infections: Any viral infection can lead to sepsis, especially in those with weakened immune systems. Some of the more common viral infections include influenza, HIV, meningitis, and pneumonia. Resources A number of resources are available to the general public and health care providers to bring awareness to the number one cause of death from infection, sepsis. The following resources are useful for the public and for health care providers. ● ● Sepsis Alliance (http://www.sepsis.org): Sepsis Alliance is a charitable organization comprised of lay people and health care professionals dedicated to spreading awareness about sepsis. It was founded in 2007 by Dr. Carl Flatly, an endodontist, whose daughter Erin died of sepsis at age 23. The mission of Sepsis Alliance is to “save lives and reduce suffering by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency.” ● ● Global Sepsis Alliance (http://global-sepsis-alliance.org): The Global Sepsis Alliance was started in 2010 to “elevate public, philanthropic, and governmental awareness and understanding of sepsis and to accelerate collaboration among researchers, clinicians, associated working groups, and those dedicated to supporting them.” The Global Sepsis Alliance started World Sepsis Day held annually on September 13 when activities take place globally to raise awareness of sepsis. ● ● Surviving Sepsis Campaign (http;//www.survivingsepsis.org): The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) was started in 2002. It is a collaboration of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. The SSC’s goal is to reduce mortality of sepsis by spreading awareness of sepsis and improving diagnosis and care of the patient with sepsis through guidelines of care and improvement performance programs. The SSC is a useful resource for health care professionals to stay informed on the latest news and expert recommendations and guidelines about sepsis and septic shock. ● ● The Rory Staunton Foundation (https://rorystauntonfoundationforsepsis.org): The Rory Staunton Foundation was started in 2012 by the parents of a boy named Rory Staunton who died at the age of 12 from sepsis that resulted from a scrape on his arm. He was an otherwise healthy boy when he got the scrape on his arm on a Wednesday in gym class. By Sunday, he had died from sepsis. Although his parents took him to the pediatrician and later to the hospital, the diagnosis of sepsis was missed. His parents started the foundation to spread awareness of sepsis and reduce the number of deaths caused by sepsis through education and effective diagnosis and treatment, and to give those affected by sepsis a platform to share their story. ● ● National Institute of General Medical Sciences https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Education/Pages/factsheet_sepsis.aspx ● ● Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/sepsis/index.html Nursing consideration: Sepsis Awareness Month is September, a month-long concerted effort to spread awareness about sepsis, was started in 2011 by Sepsis Alliance. September 13 known as World Sepsis Day and was started by the Global Sepsis Alliance to bring people together worldwide in an effort to increase awareness. Mark your calendars, and spread the word about sepsis! Conclusion Sepsis is a challenging diagnosis that affects millions of people worldwide. It is associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. 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