Every year, more than one million Americans fight severe sepsis, the body’s overwhelming reaction to an acute infection. Sepsis is more common than heart attack and more harmful than stroke, killing one person every two minutes. It is one of the most deadly and costly diseases in healthcare and the most expensive condition treated in hospitals.

At Carolinas HealthCare System, we have made caring for patients with severe sepsis a priority. Our Code Sepsis emergency response program had made early diagnosis of acute infection a priority and provides a dedicated early treatment plan for the most critical for patients within the first hours of care.

With sepsis, every minute matters. Acting fast improves a patient’s chance for a healthy recovery and survival. Our rapid, coordinated care reduces sepsis-related complications and mortality and, due to our successes, has earned national recognition.

Learn more about sepsis and sepsis prevention through our Frequently Asked Questions.

Carolinas HealthCare System is Leading the Way

Carolinas HealthCare System has an organized, multi-team program to reduce complications and deaths associated with severe sepsis. The program, called Code Sepsis, is available in more than 15 hospitals and satellite emergency departments to quickly diagnose and treat at-risk patients.

Our System is also using new resources, like virtual critical care, to enhance round-the-clock care for these fragile patients in the intensive care unit.

The work of our teams is systematically tracked by new electronic medical records tools and coordinators. Our integration and standardization of best practices through Code Sepsis are helping pave the way to a healthier community in Charlotte and surrounding regions.

Howard Hoover talks about his life-changing experience as a patient with Sepsis.

Learn about sepsis, its symptoms and how we make caring for this disease a priority with emergency response plans.

Treating and Diagnosing Sepsis Early Could Save Your Life

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