Today is World Sepsis Day 2018!
Held on September 13th every year, World Sepsis Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against sepsis. Sepsis accounts for at least 8 million deaths worldwide annually. Yet, depending on country and education, sepsis is known only to 7–50 % of the people. Likewise, it is poorly known that sepsis can be prevented by vaccination and clean care and that early recognition and treatment reduces sepsis mortality by 50 %. This lack of knowledge makes sepsis the number one preventable cause of death worldwide.
This year’s campaign the biggest to date, with countless events taking place all over the world.
There are events for medical professionals, sport activities, photo exhibitions, pink picnics, gala events, dinners, public events such as open houses in hospitals and healthcare facilities, and online events such as the ‘2nd World Sepsis Congress’. Additionally there are campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat and many more social networks.
World Sepsis Day is a great opportunity to 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. It’s also provide a timely reminder to the public, media, national, and international healthcare authorities, healthcare providers, and healthcare 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 sign the World Sepsis Declaration with your colleagues, families, friends, and everyone that should be informed about sepsis.
Deadly Sepsis a Global Priority but Dismissed by Majority of Health Systems Worldwide
The Global Sepsis Alliance says not nearly enough is being done to curb sepsis, one of the most prevalent but misdiagnosed, deadly diseases, and designated a global priority by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017.
In spite of the unanimous resolution in May 2017 by the Executive Board of the WHO and the World Health Assembly to improve, prevent, diagnose, and manage sepsis through a series of actions directed at developed and developing countries around the world, the majority of countries still have not implemented comprehensive educational programs on sepsis prevention, recognition, and care.
“We are appealing to the United Nation Member States and the WHO to take immediate action on their commitment to prioritize the devastation caused by sepsis worldwide, to issue a report on the prevalence and consequences of sepsis, and to support its member nations globally in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of this preventable global health issue.”
Said Professor Dr. Konrad Reinhart, Chair of the Global Sepsis Alliance and Senior Professor at the Center for Sepsis Control and Care at Jena University Hospital and Charité Berlin, Germany.
Sepsis, commonly referred to as ‘blood poisoning’, is the life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection results in organ dysfunction or failure. Sepsis is often confused with other conditions in its early stages, with delayed recognition of the signs and symptoms quickly leading to multi-system organ failure, and, ultimately, death. Sepsis needs to be treated as an emergency because every delay in administration of antimicrobials and other appropriate measures increases mortality rate on an hourly basis.
“The WHO shares our goal to have the incidence of sepsis, the leading cause of preventable deaths, decrease by at least 20 per cent by the year 2020.”
Added Professor Reinhart.
“Together, all nations can achieve this by actively promoting good hygiene and hand washing, clean obstetric care, and improvements in sanitation, nutrition, and delivery of clean water. It is also vital that nutrition and vaccination programs be stepped up immediately for at-risk patient populations in resource-poor areas.”
On the occasion of World Sepsis Day on September 13th, the Global Sepsis Alliance is urging all nations, with active support of the WHO, to coordinate and align practices in infection control and prevention, as well as reduce the incidence of antimicrobial resistance. While anyone can get sepsis, newborn babies and children are especially at risk.
“Neonates and children are disproportionately affected by sepsis.”
Said Professor Dr. Niranjan ‘Tex’ Kissoon, Vice Chair of the Global Sepsis Alliance, and Vice President Medical Affairs at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.
“Simple measures such as perinatal care for mothers, sanitary birth practices, early breast feeding, and immunizations are so effective and easily delivered, if a priority is placed on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of sepsis.”
The Global Sepsis Alliance is hosting the 2nd World Sepsis Congress on September 5th and 6th. It is accessible to all countries and clinicians through a simple internet connection by clicking on www.worldsepsiscongress.org. Over 15,000 organizations and individuals, mainly medical professionals from around the world are expected to take part in the free online conference, which precedes World Sepsis Day on September 13th.
In resource-rich countries with strong health systems, sepsis inflicts between 500-700 per 100,000 population, according to new data from the United States and Europe, higher than the annual incidence of new cases of cancer. The majority of deaths from sepsis are preventable and can be reduced by 50 per cent with appropriate measures.
“There are very few countries that have implemented effective national programs in sepsis management.”
Said Professor Reinhart.
“But in these countries, death from sepsis has decreased from over 40 per cent to below 20, whereas in high-income countries without programs, sepsis mortality is still above 40 per cent. In low and middle income countries, sepsis mortality ranges between 50 and 70 per cent.”
In the USA alone, sepsis causes or contributes to 35% of all deaths in hospitals and is the leading cause of annual hospitals costs, at over 24 billion USD per year. The Global Sepsis Alliance is calling on the WHO to allocate more resources to member states to implement their sepsis resolution. Sepsis, in spite of the lives it claims every year, is mostly unknown and poorly understood by the public, no matter where you live.
Below is a video that answers the question, ‘What is Sepsis?’: