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Sepsis and Severe Infections

Format: Virtual

This 2-day e-master class blends techniques that encourage maximum learning. Special attention is given to interactive activities, case-based discussions, workshops and problem-oriented approaches.


The COVID-19 ALIVE course is a unique learning opportunity, structured and comprehensive addressing COVID-19 in critically ill patients in LMICs.

The course content specifically addresses many common issues faced when caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients in LMICs.

Speakers from around the world will share their experiences and cover ten pertinent and key topics related to relevant aspects of the care of such patients.

The course is FREE of charge, whether you hold an ESICM membership or not.

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Sepsis Assessment and Identification in Low Resource Settings (SAILORS). SAILORS Study Group, ESICM, SCCM collaboration.

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Incidence of severe sepsis and septic shock

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Abdominal Sepsis Study: Epidemiology of Etiology and Outcome is a multinational, prospective, observational study on intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) in critically ill patients with a special emphasis on epidemiology and outcomes.

Investigate microbiology and/or drug resistance patterns. Describe physician’s antimicrobial prescription patterns. Investigate outcomes (clinical response, need for surgical revision, length of hospitalisation, and mortality).

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The trial aimed at identifying factors that determine the incidence, severity and the outcome from life-threatening infections (severe sepsis/septic shock) in patients admitted to High Dependency Units (HDUs) or Intensive Care Units (ICUs) with community acquired pneumonia (CAP) or with faecal peritonitis (FP).

Further information:

Genomic landscape of the individual host response and outcomes in sepsis: a prospective cohort study

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Rüddel H. et al. Adverse effects of delayed antimicrobial treatment and surgical source control in adults with sepsis: results of a planned secondary analysis of a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Crit Care 26, 51 (2022).

Codina M.S. and Zeitlinger M. Biomarkers Predicting Tissue Pharmacokinetics of Antimicrobials in Sepsis: A Review. Clin Pharmacokinet 2022

Hagel S. et al. Effect of therapeutic drug monitoring-based dose optimization of piperacillin/tazobactam on sepsis-related organ dysfunction in patients with sepsis: a randomized controlled trial. Intensive Care Med 48, 311–321 (2022).

Tiruvoipati R. et al. An Exploratory Analysis of the Association between Hypercapnia and Hospital Mortality in Critically Ill Patients with Sepsis. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 Feb;19(2):245-254.

Rosengrave P. et al. Intravenous vitamin C administration to patients with septic shock: a pilot randomised controlled trial. Crit Care 2022;26:26 –

Lazzaro A. et al. The Interplay between Host Defense, Infection, and Clinical Status in Septic Patients: A Narrative Review. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Jan 12;23(2):803.

Osuchowski, M.F. et al. Minimum quality threshold in pre-clinical sepsis studies (MQTiPSS): an international expert consensus initiative for improvement of animal modeling in sepsisICMx 6, 26 (2018).

Coopersmith, C.M. et al. Surviving Sepsis Campaign: Research Priorities for Sepsis and Septic Shock. Crit Care Med. 2018 Aug;46(8):1334-1356.

Urayeneza, O. et al. Increasing evidence-based interventions in patients with acute infections in a resource-limited setting: a before-and-after feasibility trial in Gitwe, RwandaIntensive Care Med 44, 1436–1446 (2018).

Perner, A. et al. The intensive care medicine research agenda on septic shock. Intensive Care Med. 2017 Sep;43(9):1294-1305.

Bloos, F. et al. Effect of a multifaceted educational intervention for anti-infectious measures on sepsis mortality: a cluster randomized trial. Intensive Care Med. 2017 Nov;43(11):1602-1612.

Taking Infections Management and the Fight Against Sepsis and AMR to the Next Level – a Call to Action for a Pan-European One Health Strategy

Surviving Sepsis Campaign

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) is a partnership of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

It was started in 2002 with several aims including the development of guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and post-ICU care of sepsis and a reduction of mortality from sepsis.

Updated Adult Guidelines – October 2021

The updated adult sepsis guidelines represent input from a diverse panel of 60 experts and a survey of more than 800 intensivists from more than 30 countries. The guidelines recommend involving patients and their families in goals-of-care discussions to treat the long-term effects of sepsis.

Guidelines Access

COVID-19 guidelines – January 2021

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) has updated the previously released Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill Adults with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The panel issued nine statements related to ICU patients with severe or critical COVID-19. Several of the original recommendations remain current.

Amongst the nine updates for treating severe or critical COVID-19 patients, the panel strongly recommends using systemic corticosteroids and venous thromboprophylaxis, and strongly recommends against using hydroxychloroquine. In addition, the panel suggests using dexamethasone (compared with other corticosteroids) and suggests against using convalescent plasma outside clinical trials. The SSC COVID-19 panel suggests using remdesivir in nonventilated patients with severe COVID-19 and suggests against starting remdesivir in patients with critical COVID-19 outside clinical trials. Because of insufficient evidence, the panel was not able to issue recommendations on the use of awake prone positioning or empiric therapeutic anticoagulation.

Guidelines Access

Access the original guidelines, published in June 2020, here.

Bundle – 2018

Levy, M.M. et al. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign Bundle: 2018 update. Intensive Care Med 44, 925–928 (2018).

Surviving Sepsis Campaign webpage

Worlde Health Assembly Resolution on Sepsis


On May 26th the World Health Organisation held its 70th assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. During this gathering, 194 United Nations member states voted to affirm a resolution implementing steps to reduce the human and economic burden of sepsis. Outgoing Director-General Dr Margaret Chan through this resolution drew attention to these important actions:

  1. Publish a report on sepsis and its global consequences by the end of 2018;
  2. Draw attention to the public impact of sepsis;
  3. Collaborate with other organisations & relevant stakeholders in enhancing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable types of treatments of sepsis, and infection prevention and control; and
  4. Report to the 2020 WHA on the implementation of this resolution.

A WHO news release of the resolution is provided here along with the full resolution attached.

The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the Society of Critical Care Medicine through the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, will be assessing steps the Campaign will take to contribute and support these vitally important efforts. Please share this resolution information amongst your colleagues at your hospital in acknowledgement that sepsis has now been officially recognised as a global challenge in which we all play an important role worldwide. Thank you all for your dedication to early identification and treatment, antibiotic stewardship and continued vigilance on behalf of the patients we serve.