Sepsis Awareness Month


Sepsis accounts for at least eight million deaths worldwide each year. Yet, less than 50 percent of the population knows about sepsis.

In Tennessee, 80,000 adults and 900 children were hospitalized for sepsis in 2022. Sepsis is the body’s abnormal response to an infection. Common symptoms include fever, chilling, fast heart rate, fast breathing, foggy thinking, weakness, hurting and generally feeling very sick. The symptoms are mild at first, but worsen quickly and can lead to permanent disability or death. Early recognition and treatment are vital for survival, so if you think you or a loved one has signs of sepsis, seek medical attention right away and say, “I am concerned about sepsis.”

World Sepsis Day is observed on Sept. 13 each year and is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against sepsis. To help maximize hospitals’ participation, THA has created a digital toolkit, complete with social media graphics, videos and more.

Please join THA and hospitals across the state in this month-long sepsis awareness campaign and share how your hospital is working to #StopSepsis.

Hospitals can participate in the awareness campaign in a variety of ways, which are detailed below.

Do not forget to follow THA on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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LinkedIn: Tennessee Hospital Association

Facebook: Tennessee Hospital Association

Twitter: @tnhospitals

Instagram: tnhospitals


Photo Challenge:

Take a picture of yourself or your team with the #StopSepsis sign and share it on social media. Click the image below to download and print.



Add the Sepsis Awareness Month eSignature to your email. Click the image below to download.


Social Media Toolkit:

Download the 2023 Social Media Toolkit. Click the link below to download graphics from our #StopSepsis campaign. Please consider reposting THA’s social posts and sharing other #SepsisAwareness content throughout the month.








If you have questions about Sepsis Awareness Month and how your hospital can get involved, contact Elizabeth Morrison at THA.