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9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
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Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare Supports CDC’s Get Ahead of Sepsis Educational Effort
Clinton, Mo. – (September 3, 2019) – In recognition of Sepsis Awareness Month, Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in urging healthcare professionals, patients and their families to Get Ahead of Sepsis.

“We believe everyone should know the risks of sepsis, learn how to spot signs and symptoms of possible sepsis, and know to act fast if sepsis is suspected,” said Nancy Engeman, RN, BSN, quality outcomes coordinator at GVMH. “We’re proud to be part of Get Ahead of Sepsis and its effort to make sure everyone knows how to recognize and prevent this medical emergency.”

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and without timely treatment, sepsis often rapidly leads to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Anyone can get an infection, and almost any infection can lead to sepsis.

CDC is asking patients, families and caregivers to know the symptoms of sepsis; talk to their doctor or nurse about steps they can take to prevent infections (e.g., taking good care of chronic conditions and getting recommended vaccines); practice good hygiene (e.g., handwashing, and keeping cuts covered and clean until healed); and acting fast and getting medical care immediately if they suspect sepsis or have an infection that's not getting better or is getting worse.

Visit the Get Ahead of Sepsis website for more information: www.cdc.gov/sepsis.