World Sepsis Day – September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

September 13 marks World Sepsis Day, a worldwide initiative of the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) with the goal to increase awareness and understanding of sepsis by health care professionals and the public.

Sepsis is a complex syndrome that is difficult to define, diagnose, and treat. It is a range of clinical conditions caused by the body's systemic response to an infection, which if it develops into severe sepsis, is accompanied by single or multiple organ dysfunction or failure, leading to death. Sepsis is under-recognized and poorly understood due to confusion about its definition among patients and healthcare providers, lack of documentation of sepsis as a cause of death on death certificates, inadequate diagnostic tools, and inconsistent application of standardized clinical guidelines to treat sepsis(1).

With 20 to 30 million sepsis cases occurring annually worldwide, deaths from sepsis supersedes breast and prostate cancer as well as HIV/AIDS. Surviving sepsis depends greatly on the early recognition and treatment of the infection that contributed to the sepsis.  

LHSC is committed to reducing the incidence and mortality of sepsis and to a quality pateint experience through ongoing review of existing screening tools and treatment protocols that align with best practices. Providing the right care, for the right patient, at the right time, with the best outcome is the goal of the organizaton’s sepsis work.

World Sepsis Day information:

(1)  International Organizations Declare Sepsis a Medical Emergency. Issued by an expert panel representing 20 adult and pediatric intensive care societies, October 4th 2010. 2010: Press release. Available from: