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Sepsis is a life-threatening complication that took the lives of more than 9,000 Pennsylvanians in 2015. It is triggered by an infection and can be acquired both in the community and in health care facilities. Anyone can develop sepsis, but it's most common and hazardous in older adults and individuals with weakened immune systems.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality lists sepsis as the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals. Nationally, sepsis treatments cost more than $20 billion in 2011 and the cost is estimated to rise if improved policies are not implemented.

In October 2016, the Department of Health brought together more than 200 healthcare leaders from across the commonwealth for the first-of-its-kind Stopping Sepsis: Saving Lives in Pennsylvania Conference