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World Sepsis Day 2016

Today is World Sepsis Day! The purpose of the day is to not only increase public awareness for this poorly acknowledged health care disaster, but also to show support and solidarity with the millions of people who lost their loved ones, or, as sepsis survivors, suffer from long-term consequences of sepsis.

Sepsis is one of the most common, least-recognized illnesses in both the developed and developing world. Globally, 20 to 30 million patients are estimated to be afflicted every year, with over
6 million cases of neonatal/early childhood sepsis and over 100,000 cases of maternal sepsis.

In the developed world, sepsis is dramatically increasing by an annual rate of between 8-13 % over the last decade and now claims more lives than bowel and breast cancer combined. Reasons
are diverse, but include the aging population, increasing use of high-risk interventions in all age groups and the development of drug-resistant and more virulent varieties of infections. In the developing world malnutrition, poverty, lack of access to vaccines and timely treatment all contribute to death.

Despite its remarkable incidence, sepsis is practically unknown to the public and is often misunderstood as blood poisoning. Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures
its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multiple organ failure and death, especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.

Sepsis remains the primary cause of death from infection despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics and acute care with hospital mortality rates between 30 and 60%.

Below are a couple of infographics detailing what sepsis and the impact it has:

What Is Sepsis

Sepsis Burden

World Sepsis Day is a great opportunity to remind the public, media, national, and international health care authorities, health care providers, and health care workers, policy makers, and the governments that there is an urgent need to increase and improve education on the facility, regional, national and international level.

The easiest way to support World Sepsis Day is to hare the link for signing the World Sepsis Declaration with your colleagues, families, friends and all you think should be informed about sepsis.

For more information, please visit the World Sepsis Day website.

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