New "Sepsis: Emergency" Video Aims to Spark Awareness of Silent Killer

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Sepsis Alliance releases "Sepsis: Emergency," a special online video to help raise sepsis awareness among the general public. A leading killer in America, killing one person every 2.5 minutes, sepsis remains relatively unrecognized throughout all walks of life. Through videos like "Sepsis: Emergency," Sepsis Alliance aims to educate medical personnel and patients alike to spot the symptoms of sepsis, before it's too late.

'Sepsis: Emergency' fills an important gap in training and education

Sepsis Alliance announces the online premiere of its newest video, "Sepsis: Emergency."

"Sepsis: Emergency" features sepsis survivors, researchers, and front-line medical personnel discussing ways to recognize and treat sepsis. Shot in High Definition, the 12-minute video was produced by Synapse Productions for Sepsis Alliance, with funding from an unrestricted educational grant from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc.

"'Sepsis: Emergency' fills an important gap in training and education," noted Thomas Heymann, President of Sepsis Alliance. "Every 2.5 minutes, one person in America dies of sepsis - a largely unknown disease. Many more survive but may be left with life-altering body changes, such as amputations to the legs and the hands. We now have an important tool to help educate and inform about the dangers of sepsis."

"Sepsis: Emergency" highlights a sepsis survivor, Jennifer Ludwin, a graduate student at The Ohio State University, who describes her journey from diagnosis to the present. "I didn't know what sepsis was before it affected my life so drastically," Ludwin said. "We need to raise awareness of this disease so people can know what to watch for and seek help before it's too late." Also interviewed in the video are James O'Brien, Jr, MD, ICU Physician at The Ohio State University Medical Center, and Kevin Tracey, MD, President of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, which is on the cutting edge of sepsis research.

The new video will be available for order on DVD, or for viewing online at:

http://www.sepsisemergency.org

Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires timely recognition by both medical professionals and the general public to save lives. Earlier this year, results of a Sepsis Alliance/Harris Interactive® poll revealed that 66% of Americans had never heard of sepsis. "This video is an important tool in helping Americans become more aware of sepsis," added Heymann. "Our main goal is to increase awareness, and put a face on the silent killer that is sepsis."

About Sepsis Alliance
Sepsis Alliance is a nonprofit patient advocacy organization in the U.S. promoting awareness of sepsis. Sepsis Alliance operates by providing information and education to raise awareness of sepsis and its devastating effects, So More Survive. Sepsis Alliance also provides support by giving people affected by sepsis a forum to share information. Sepsis Alliance was founded by Dr. Carl Flatley after the loss of his 23-year-old daughter, Erin, to sepsis. Her death in 2002 spurred Dr. Flatley to start an organization that would promote awareness of sepsis to both medical professionals and patients. Sepsis Alliance is registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and is a founding member of the Global Sepsis Alliance. For more information on Sepsis Alliance, please visit http://www.sepsisalliance.org.

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