Franklin County Medical Center Recognizes Sepsis Awareness Month

FCMC is acknowledging September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Every two minutes, someone dies from sepsis in the United States – more than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. As the leading cause of readmissions in hospitals, it continues to be a crucial health condition that the nurses and providers at FCMC work to diagnose quickly and treat.

Sepsis is the body’s response to infection and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Most often, sepsis begins outside the hospital, but it is the job of hospitals and their providers to quickly diagnose this dangerous condition and treat the patient accordingly.

Lacey Fellows, Head of FCMC’s Quality Improvement and Compliance Director & Infection Control, sees sepsis education as one of the most important to teach within a hospital setting and to patients and their families as they prepare to be discharged. “We want patients to know the signs of SEPSIS and if they or their caregivers can recognize symptoms early, they should call us or their primary physician immediately.” FCMC is also participating in a national effort, called the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), which is seeking to reduce all-cause inpatient harm and readmissions. This effort is being led by the Colorado Hospital Association in Colorado and includes a focus on sepsis.

KNOW THE SIGNS OF SEPSIS AND CALL YOUR PROVIDER IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS

For more information, visit www.sepsis.org.

About Franklin County Medical Center

The Franklin County Medical Center campus delivers excellence and hospitality in rural healthcare, ranking as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital two years in a row. Located in Preston, Idaho we offer healthcare to southeast Idaho and the surrounding areas in Cache Valley. Our hospital services include a specialty clinic, labor and delivery center, swing bed program, Transitional Care Unit and Skilled Nursing Facility.

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