Matthew Treaster, MD, Medical Director at CHI Saint Francis Medical Center Discusses Sepsis Awareness on National Sepsis Day on ABC NTV News

September 13, 2019

GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA. September 13, 2019 - According to the Sepsis Alliance, sepsis is the leading cause of deaths in hospitals. It's also the leading cause of hospital readmission. September 13 is National Sepsis Day. CHI Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska sees over 60 people a month for sepsis. According to the Sepsis Alliance, over 8 million worldwide deaths are related to sepsis and just a quarter million of that is in the United States.

The Medical Director of Emergency Services at CHI Saint Francis Medical Center, Dr. Matthew Treaster indicated there are certain individuals in the population that are at higher risk for developing sepsis.

"People over the age of 65, people under the age of 1 or 2 are people with immune systems that aren't as healthy. So, cancer patients, patients with other comorbid conditions like diabetes, COPD, or chronic lung disease are at a higher risk for developing sepsis,” said Dr. Treaster.

To learn more about sepsis, visit the Sepsis Alliance's website on

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