ASTHO features podcast on sepsis

Dec. 23, 2019

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is highlighting its new Public Health Review podcast episode, “A Matter of Life and Death: How States Are Tackling Sepsis as Public Policy” on its website.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s extreme response to an infection and can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Sepsis can be caused by a wide range of infections but is most commonly linked to infections of the lungs, kidneys, skin and gut.

Based on estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 1.7 million American adults developed sepsis in 2014 and nearly 270,000 died as a result of sepsis. CDC investigations showed that sepsis begins outside of the hospital for four out of every five patients.

While preventing infections and illness is critical to reduce the risk of sepsis, early detection and immediate treatment is often the difference between life and death. Many opportunities exist to improve sepsis prevention, detection, and treatment and improve patient outcomes. The experts discuss the national burden and epidemiology of sepsis, the importance of raising awareness among healthcare personnel and the community and case examples of state efforts to promote policy changes relating to sepsis, including options for state-level policy to identify and/or prevent sepsis.

The episode includes:

·        Howard Zucker, MD, JD, Commissioner of Health for New York State

·         Anthony Fiore, MD, MPH, Chief of the Epidemiology Research and Innovations Branch, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

·         Ciaran Staunton, Co-Founder of the Rory Staunton Foundation

ASTHO has the release