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World Sepsis Day

September 13, 2022

Prevent Infection - Prevent Sepsis - Save Lives

Sepsis causes at least 11 million deaths every year.1 This doesn't have to be the case. Early recognition in combination with proper vaccination and hygienic care would dramatically reduce the mortality rate.

The critical factor in patient survival is time—time to recognition and time to treatment. The risk of death from sepsis increases by as much as 8% for every hour that treatment is delayed.2  Sepsis is a medical emergency and its symptoms—which can often be masked as a stroke or other conditions—must be treated quickly to reduce the risk of death.

The Sepsis Alliance and Global Sepsis Alliance have declared September 13, as World Sepsis Day with the entire month of September dedicated to sepsis awareness. To support their efforts, we are sharing with you some of our recommended content.  We hope that it proves useful as you create a community of providers who will stop time for a patient with sepsis and prevent lost time from becoming an irreversible forever event.

References

  1. worldsepsisday.org 
  2. Kumar A, Roberts D, Wood KE, Light B, Parrillo JE, Sharma S, Suppes R, Feinstein D, Zanotti S, Taiberg L, Gurka D, Kumar A, Cheang M. (2006) Duration of hypotension before initiation of effective antimicrobial therapy is the critical determinant of survival in human septic shock. Crit Care Med. 34(6): 1589-96. DOI: 10.1097/01. CCM.0000217961.75225.E9