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Proclamation by the Governor

Sepsis Awareness Month in Nevada

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, September 1, 2022 6:25 pm

Sepsis Awareness Month in Nevada

WHEREAS, September has been nationally recognized as Sepsis Awareness Month to bring awareness to sepsis, the body’s life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death; and

WHEREAS, according to the CDC, sepsis affects 1.7 million Americans, 1 in 3 patients who dies in a hospital has sepsis, and takes 350,000 adult lives every year in the United States – more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer, and opioid overdoses combined; and

WHEREAS, each year, more than 75,000 children in the United States develop severe sepsis and 6,800 of these children die, more than from pediatric cancers; and

WHEREAS, sepsis survivors have a shortened life expectancy, are more likely to suffer from an impaired quality of life, and often experience after-effects such as amputations (14,000 per year in the United States) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; and

WHEREAS, viral sepsis is the most common complication in severe COVID-19, and in the midst of ongoing COVID-19 surges, infection prevention and sepsis awareness are critical to public health; and

WHEREAS, despite the severe danger and widespread occurrence of this illness, a survey conducted by Sepsis Alliance found that less than 15% of U.S. adults can identify the symptoms of sepsis; and

WHEREAS, awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis along with rapid diagnosis and treatment of sepsis can save lives and improve outcomes for sepsis survivors, as the risk of mortality from sepsis increases by 4-9% for every hour treatment is delayed; now, therefore, be it Resolved, that we hereby recognize September as Sepsis Awareness Month;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of September 2022, as

SEPSIS AWARENESS MONTH IN NEVADA

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