September 13, 2019

How you can join the worldwide efforts to raise awareness

Global campaign to prevent sepsis, improve diagnosis and management


13 September is World Sepsis Day and the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) and World Health Organization (WHO) are together urging all health systems, policymakers, healthcare workers and civilians to develop a concerted effort on sepsis prevention, diagnosis and management, to save lives.

Mortality rates for sepsis, one of the most widespread and deadly medical conditions in all parts of the world, have decreased by at least 20% through collective action  in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as in  lower- and middle-income countries, such as Brazil.

Sepsis affects at least 30 million people annually worldwide, killing 7 to 9 million of them.

Often referred to as ‘blood poisoning’, sepsis is the life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.  It is frequently confused with other conditions in its early stages, with delayed recognition of the signs and symptoms quickly leading to multi-system organ failure, and, ultimately, death.

Every year on September 13, events combining medical education and information to raise awareness of sepsis among lay persons – including sport activities and fundraising events like “pink picnics” – are organised all over the world.  Last year, more than 60 countries participated.

ESICM supports the World Sepsis Day and encourages all intensivists and allied professionals to increase awareness and disseminate good practices and preventive behaviours regarding sepsis-related issues.

In 2017, ESICM participated in the Surviving Sepsis Campaign leading to the publication of International Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock available in different languages. In 2018, the Society released The Surviving Sepsis Campaign Bundle.  An update of the adult Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines will be completed in collaboration with the GUIDE group in 2020.

Play your part in this global effort to help prevent sepsis and to improve diagnosis and management, and ultimately save lives.


Sign the World Sepsis Declaration 

Learn more about Sepsis – Watch this 3 minute video.

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