IMPROVING THE PREVENTION, DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF 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:
- Publish a report on sepsis and its global consequences by the end of 2018;
- Draw attention to the public impact of sepsis;
- 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
- 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.