Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals, claiming the lives of over 3,500 Hoosiers last year. Despite its prevalence, only 65% of Americans have heard of the condition, and even fewer know the symptoms. With September being Sepsis Awareness Month, it is important to know about sepsis and its warning signs.

Sepsis is the body’s response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. From strep throat to pneumonia, almost any infection can lead to sepsis, making it all the more difficult to diagnose due to the wide variety of symptoms. However, signs of the condition can include shivering, extreme pain, pale or discolored skin, and shortness of breath. Early diagnosis is critical, as sepsis becomes deadlier the longer it goes undetected.

To raise awareness of this deadly condition and help prevent sepsis from taking more Hoosier lives, House Republicans supported legislation establishing the Sepsis Treatment Guideline Task Force. The task force develops best practices and provides guideline recommendations to the Indiana State Department of Health, which will work to ensure the guidelines are adopted and implemented throughout Indiana.

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