September 2016: Sepsis Awareness Month

WHEREAS, sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death; and,

WHEREAS, sepsis affects over 26 million people worldwide each year and is the largest killer of children and newborn infants in the world; and,

WHEREAS, nearly 260,000 Americans die from sepsis, more than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined; and,

WHEREAS, sepsis is also the second highest reason for hospital readmissions after congestive heart failure and contributes from one-third to one-half of all in-hospital deaths each year, costing more than $20 billion annually; and,

WHEREAS, the mortality rate as a result of sepsis increases by eight percent every hour that treatment is delayed, even though as many as 80 percent of sepsis related deaths could be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment; and,

WHEREAS, an estimated 44 percent of U.S. adults have heard of sepsis; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and the MHA Keystone Center have partnered with Sepsis Alliance, a national leader in sepsis awareness, on the Michigan Sepsis Challenge Series: Stomp Out Sepsis, as part of the first statewide initiative in the country designed to raise community awareness for sepsis; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan residents are encouraged to participate in a Stomp Out Sepsis event, as well as tweet, post, and share their stories and images using the #Sepsis and #SepsisAwareness hashtags on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2016 as Sepsis Awareness Month in Michigan.