This 5K is to honor Jeffrey Ray Davis who died at 40 years old in 2012 from sepsis. It is to raise awareness for sepsis so more people survive.
Sepsis is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. (after heart disease and cancer) taking more than 258,000 lives every year. There are more than 1.6 million cases of sepsis every year and survivors often face long-term effects post-sepsis, including amputations, anxiety, memory loss, chronic pain and fatigue, and more. Almost 60% of sepsis survivors experience worsened cognitive (mental) and/or physical function.
Overwhelming post-splenectomy infection (OPSI) is a serious disease that can progress from a mild flu-like illness to fulminant sepsis in a short time period. Although relatively rare, it has a high mortality rate with delayed or inadequate treatment, and therefore, it is important for Emergency Physicians to be familiar with it. Patients who are asplenic or hyposplenic are at an increased risk for infection and death from encapsulated organisms and other dangerous pathogens. OPSI carries a 70% mortality rate. Jeff had OPSI.
Attendees will receive a T-shirt and awards will be given out for 1st and 2nd place winners. There will also be a silent auction and bake sale. All proceeds will benefit Sepsis Alliance.