Pediatric Sepsis Program
Recognize. Survive. Thrive.
The Pediatric Sepsis Program (PSP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is committed to the prevention, early recognition, treatment and follow-up for infants, children and adolescents with sepsis. Our mission is to lead the international medical and scientific communities in the search for what causes sepsis, the best methods for early detection and resuscitation, effective therapies to reverse the effects of sepsis, and most appropriate long-term follow-up after sepsis for infants, children, and adolescents. We have established a multidisciplinary team to achieve this mission through scientific research, clinical decision support, education, public awareness, and quality improvement.
The PSP does not provide direct consultation services for inpatients with sepsis during the acute hospital stay, but supports the care teams of CHOP patients through education, quality improvement initiatives, and electronic health tools. The PSP also provides education to patients with sepsis and their families as they recover from sepsis and provides a telephone check-in and health assessment to patients who are interested in this service after their discharge from the hospital. Our goal is to identify any new health issues that arise after sepsis impacting a patient’s ability to return to usual health, and to assist patients and families in addressing these new issue issues with their long-term outpatient care teams. At this time, PSP services can only be provided to established CHOP patients.
Disclaimer: Pediatric Sepsis Program Survivorship services are available to all CHOP patients and families; however, we cannot provide those services for non-CHOP patients at this time.
For urgent medical matters, please call 911 or your local emergency services provider.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate care. Children with sepsis are often critically ill, requiring emergency treatment and sometimes admission to a pediatric or neonatal intensive care unit. Click the link in the box below to learn more about sepsis.
Our Programs and Services
The Pediatric Sepsis Program is led by a multidisciplinary team of leaders in early recognition, treatment and follow-up care for infants, children and adolescents with sepsis. Our team partners with specialists in pediatrics, neonatology, surgery, oncology, cardiology, emergency medicine, and critical care, with contributions from physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, bioinformaticians, and quality improvement specialists, among others.