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When A Loved One Has Sepsis: A Caregiver’s Guide is a newly-released, free, downloadable resource to help friends and family support and care for loved ones with sepsis and sepsis survivors.

Sepsis, the body’s life-threatening reaction to an infection, affects 1.7 million people a year in the United States. Due to the seriousness of this disease, people with severe sepsis or septic shock are usually treated in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Sepsis Caregiver GuideWhen A Loved One Has Sepsis: A Caregiver’s Guide provides information and tips to help navigate the ICU from a patient’s admission to discharge. The guide covers topics, such as the different roles of ICU team members and what nurses are checking when they assess their patients. The guide also encourages caregivers to take time to care for themselves.

“After hearing from hundreds of family members who unexpectedly found themselves caring for a loved one who had sepsis or who had survived it, we realized we needed to create a guide to support and inform caregivers as they dedicated themselves to the care of their loved ones,” said Thomas Heymann, President and Executive Director of Sepsis Alliance.

Though sepsis takes a life every 2 minutes in the United States, every year, 1.4 million people survive. When A Loved One Has Sepsis: A Caregiver’s Guide also includes information to help family and friends understand what their loved one is going through after surviving sepsis and some possible long term effects.

To download When A Loved One Has Sepsis: A Caregiver’s Guide free of charge and to access other sepsis resources for caregivers, visit www.sepsis.org/resources/caregivers/

Visit the National Sepsis Alliance for more information.