World Sepsis Day is an initiative organised by the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) and takes place annually on the 13 September. This year, GSA is urging all nations, with active support of the World Health Organisation (WHO), to co-ordinate and align practices in infection control and prevention and reduce the incidence of antimicrobial resistance.
Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. This potentially life-threatening condition follows a unique and time-critical clinical course, which in the early stages is highly amenable to treatment through early diagnosis and timely and appropriate clinical management. Currently, sepsis causes approximately between six and nine million deaths worldwide every year, many of which are preventable.
Full details of World Sepsis day can be viewed on the campaign website.