Sepsis: See it. Stop it. Survive it.

Johnson Memorial Health Teams Up to Stop Sepsis for Sepsis Awareness Month

Franklin, September 1, 2017 – September marks Sepsis Awareness Month, and Johnson Memorial Health is spreading the word about sepsis, an often silent killer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 1 million cases of sepsis each year, and up to half of the people who will get sepsis will die.

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and potentially life-threatening response to an infection. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and even death.

Johnson Memorial Health has a Sepsis Committee of nurses, providers, pharmacists and lab staff who have made a difference in the lives of so many. "Their leadership and dedication to raising awareness about the dangers of sepsis is one way Johnson Memorial is joining the fight to stop the effects of sepsis. It's more than just data—it's about lives being saved", said Johnson Memorial Health's Quality Manager, William Mink, RN, CHEP. 

The Indiana Patient Safety Center (IPSC), of the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), is also engaging hospitals across the state to create reliable systems of care to prevent sepsis and its potentially devastating effects. IPSC provides education and tools to hospitals and health systems to foster and support cultures of patient safety and the adoption of best practices.

“Sepsis is a public health issue, not just a hospital problem,” said Doug Leonard, IHA president. “Health care providers must raise awareness to help Hoosier patients understand what sepsis is and what they should do if they or someone they love becomes ill.”

See it

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and potentially life-threatening response to an infection.


Stop it

Johnson Memorial Health is partnering with IPSC to educate and empower patients and the community to identify sepsis and know its warning signs and symptoms, which, according to the CDC, include:

  • Shivering, fever, very cold
  • Extreme pain or feeling worse than ever
  • Pale or discolored skin
  • Sleepy, difficult to wake up, confused
  • “I feel like I might die”
  • Short of breath

Survive it

Sepsis does not discriminate and can affect anyone -- young or old, healthy or ill. However, some individuals are at a higher risk of developing sepsis, including those who:
• Have a weakened immune system
• Are under age 10 or over age 65
• Have an indwelling catheter or IV
• Recently had surgery or were hospitalized
• Have a chronic illness
• Have a severe burn or wound
Help prevent sepsis by starting a conversation with your medical provider.  Learn more at, and on social media, #SurviveSepsis, #SaferHoosiers



About the Indiana Patient Safety Center

In 2006, the Indiana Patient Safety Center (IPSC) was created as a division of the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) to engage and inspire health care providers to create cultures of patient safety and reliable systems of care within their organizations in order to prevent patient harm on a statewide level. IHA remains committed to supporting Indiana hospitals in their pursuit of excellence, zero patient harm and making Indiana the safest place to receive health care in the United States, if not the world. For more information about IPSC, visit and