Sepsis Heroes to Honor Sepsis Survivors, Family Members, and Healthcare Professionals Promoting Sepsis Awareness

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Sepsis Alliance, the nation's leading patient advocacy organization in promoting sepsis awareness is hosting its first-ever Sepsis Heroes event on September 13, 2012. Timed to take place on World Sepsis Day, Sepsis Heroes will take over Arena NYC to honor survivors, patient's families, and healthcare professionals who have made meaningful contributions to raising sepsis awareness.

Sepsis Heroes is the culmination of over a decade of effort to put a face on sepsis, and to raise a sense of urgency among both physicians and patients to end the rising tide of sepsis fatalities, both here in the U.S. and around the globe.

Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s leading patient advocacy group in sepsis awareness, today announced An Evening with Sepsis Heroes will be held on World Sepsis Day on September 13, 2012. The event will be held in New York City at ARENA NYC, and will honor sepsis survivors, family members, patient advocates, celebrities, and healthcare professionals who have made meaningful contributions to raising awareness of sepsis.

“We are so incredibly excited to be hosting our first Sepsis Heroes event,” said Dr. Carl Flatley, founder of Sepsis Alliance. “Sepsis Heroes is the culmination of over a decade of effort to put a face on sepsis, and to raise a sense of urgency among both physicians and patients to end the rising tide of sepsis fatalities, both here in the U.S. and around the globe.”

Winners of the 2012 Sepsis Heroes Awards will be announced by Sepsis Alliance on August 7, 2012.

Sepsis, sometimes called blood poisoning by the general public, is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs. Annually, sepsis kills 258,000 people in the United States alone – one person every 2 minutes. Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires early diagnosis and rapid treatment with antibiotics and fluids. When treated correctly, severe sepsis or septic shock is almost always preventable. One reason why sepsis—which kills more Americans each year than prostate cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer combined—is neglected is because it is so misunderstood. This is one of the key goals of Sepsis Alliance: to make all Americans aware of sepsis, its risk factors, and treatments.

“The individuals and organizations we are recognizing as Sepsis Heroes are doing amazing work in shedding light on this ‘equal opportunity disease,’” added Dr. Flatley. “One in every 185 Americans will be hospitalized this year with sepsis and we need to do more to alert patients and medical professionals about the warning signs. If we suspect sepsis, we can save lives.”

Tickets for An Evening with Sepsis Heroes are available immediately for online purchase, with general admission and VIP packages available. For those who cannot attend the Sepsis Heroes event, virtual tickets can also be purchased. Additional information about the event can be found by following @SepsisHeroes or @SepsisAlliance on Twitter, or by “liking” Sepsis Alliance on Facebook. For companies and organizations who would like to sponsor the Sepsis Heroes Evening, please visit http://www.sepsisheroes.org or call us at (813) 874-2552.

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. He recently published an article in the Tampa Bay Times ooking back at the last decade of sepsis awareness since his daughter’s death. 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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