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H.Res. 290: Supporting increased awareness of sepsis and the importance of early diagnosis and appropriate intervention.

The text of the resolution below is as of Apr 4, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. RES. 290


April 4, 2019

(for herself and Mr. Guthrie) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


Supporting increased awareness of sepsis and the importance of early diagnosis and appropriate intervention.

Whereas sepsis is a medical condition resulting from an immune system response to an infection;

Whereas this overwhelming response to infection can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death;

Whereas over 1.7 million individuals in the United States develop sepsis each year;

Whereas over 270,000 individuals in the United States die from sepsis each year, more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined;

Whereas the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in three patients who die in a hospital have sepsis;

Whereas according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, sepsis is the most common diagnosis for inpatient hospital stays in the United States;

Whereas sepsis is the most expensive condition treated in hospitals in the United States, consuming over $24 billion each year;

Whereas sepsis is the number one cause of hospital readmissions, generating over $2 billion in costs annually;

Whereas over 80 percent of septic patients are septic upon admission to the hospital;

Whereas mortality from septic shock increases by up to 8 percent for every hour that treatment is delayed;

Whereas rapid diagnosis and treatment can prevent up to 80 percent of sepsis fatalities; and

Whereas the combination of early detection of sepsis and appropriate interventions can significantly improve the chances of survival for patients with all types of sepsis: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—


is committed to increasing awareness of sepsis and encouraging the education of patients, families, health care professionals, and government agencies on the critical importance of early diagnosis as the key for patients to survive sepsis; and


supports innovative public-private partnerships and the pursuit of innovative financing tools, incentives, and other mechanisms to accelerate the pursuit of improved early detection and appropriate intervention for patients with sepsis.