First World Sepsis Day Marked Across the Globe
The first ever World Sepsis Day (WSD) is being held, with events hosted across the world in London, New York, Berlin and Beijing. As part of the global effort to draw attention to this deadly disease, the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) events are being held with attendance from key government officials, medical professionals, academics, sepsis survivors and members of the public.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it is not recognised early and treated promptly. It is the leading cause of death from infection around the world and, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines, antibiotics and acute care, it kills over 10,000 people worldwide every day. It is a medical emergency, and timing is critical; if diagnosed and treated in the first hour of the infection a patient has more than an 80% survival rate, yet after the sixth hour the patient only has a 30% survival rate. Incidence is increasing at a rate of 8-13% in the developed world annually.
Dr. Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the GSA, comments; "The statistics associated with sepsis have dramatic implications for global efforts to eliminate disease. Sepsis is a medical emergency and requires a worldwide effort to educate and engage both the general public and political powers, to take steps required to tackle its growing number of victims."