Sepsis in the Time of COVID-19


  • Cait Allen, MPH Patient Safety Authority



This year, almost 2 million adults will contract this condition, and 270,000 will die as a result. Not COVID-19, sepsis. I sat down with Dr. David F. Gaieski, emergency medicine physician and director of Emergency Critical Care at Jefferson Health, to understand what sepsis is, its relationship with COVID-19, and how we can—and must—prevent both.

Author Biography

Cait Allen, MPH, Patient Safety Authority

Cait Allen ( is director of Engagement for the Patient Safety Authority and managing editor for Patient Safety, the PSA’s peer-reviewed journal. Before joining the PSA, she was the project manager for Patient Safety at Jefferson Health, where she also was the only nonphysician elected to serve on the House Staff Quality and Safety Leadership Council. Previously, Allen also was a project manager and patient safety officer for Wills Eye Hospital.

Grim reaper with sickle and covid particles floating around



How to Cite

Allen, C. (2020). Sepsis in the Time of COVID-19. Patient Safety, 2(4), 82–87.
Bookmark and Share