Initiative seeks to raise sepsis awareness


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Hasbro Children’s Hospital is taking on a big initiative, focused on saving children’s lives from sepsis.

“Sepsis is the number one cause of inpatient, serious illness and actually mortality – so death – and the majority of patients will present through emergency departments. We generally, I can tell you more numbers now because we have an electronics screen. We screen about five children a day for sepsis but we probably see sepsis once or twice a week,” Dr. Susan Duffy of Hasbro Children’s Hospital said.

Sepsis is a condition parents don’t often hear about and Duffy says that is the problem. Now, Hasbro Children’s Hospital is taking the lead with a new initiative to help save children’s lives and teach parents and the community the early warning signs of sepsis.

“We’re going to give all of the tools that we’re developing here to the community emergency departments in Rhode Island, and urgent care centers, to provide education to doctors’ offices,” Duffy said. “So this is a big community effort campaign that a large group of people are really responsible for.”

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