World Sepsis Day, 13 September

13 September, 2021

Today 13 September is #WorldSepsisDay

RT: Every 6 seconds a child dies from #sepsis. Every 6 seconds an adult dies from #sepsis We are all vulnerable. 'Everyone should be aware of the main clinical symptoms' #hifa #healthinfo4all #WorldSepsisDay

'Sepsis is a global health crisis.

It affects between 47 and 50 million people every year, at least 11 million die – one death every 2.8 seconds. [almost half of deaths are in children]

20% of all deaths worldwide are associated with sepsis.

Depending on country, mortality varies between 15 and more than 50 %.

Many surviving patients suffer from the consequences of sepsis for the rest of their lives.'

'Everyone should be aware of the main clinical symptoms'

'Key procedures for recognizing sepsis [in Norway] were delayed or not completed in a substantial proportion of patients admitted to the emergency department with sepsis.'

'In one telephone survey of more than 1,000 hospital physicians in Europe and the United States, half of whom were intensive care specialists, 86% stated that that the symptoms of sepsis could easily be misattributed to other conditions, and 45% felt that they sometimes missed a diagnosis of sepsis.'

I was unable to find comparable information from LMICs. Also, we would be interested to hear about the level of awareness among parents and primary health workers. Would anyone like to help by doing a quick internet search and forwarding your findings to ?

"My agency doesn’t have a sepsis pathway or uses an outdated one – what should I do?"

WHO: 'The challenge remains how to achieve universal prevention, diagnosis and management of sepsis...

WHO Sepsis Response...

- Develop WHO guidance on sepsis prevention and management

- Draw attention to public health impacts of sepsis and estimate the global burden of sepsis

- Support Member States to define and implement standards and establish guidelines, infrastructure, laboratory capacity, strategies, and tools for identifying, reducing incidence of, and morbidity and mortality due to sepsis

- Collaborate with UN organizations, partners, international organizations, and stakeholders to enhance sepsis treatment and infection prevention and control including vaccinations

- In collaboration and coordination with WHO regional offices, Member States and other stakeholders, several WHO headquarters programmes are currently working on the public health impact of sepsis and providing guidance and country support on sepsis prevention, early and appropriate diagnosis, and timely and appropriate clinical management.

To the above, I would add: Ensure that every person, every health worker and every policymaker has access to reliable, actionable information to prevent, diagnose and treat sepsis.

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,