World Sepsis Day

September 13, 2018

On World Sepsis Day we remind all staff and patients to ‘Think Sepsis’.

Every 3-4 seconds someone in the world dies of sepsis and it is one of the leading causes of death in hospital patients worldwide. It arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.

The Global Sepsis Alliance was founded in 2010 with the aim to raise awareness of sepsis and reduce sepsis deaths by 20 percent by 2020.

Sepsis is one of the most common, least-recognised illnesses in both the developed and developing world. Each year there are more than six million cases of neonatal and early childhood sepsis and over 100,000 cases of maternal sepsis.

King Edward Memorial Hospital Clinical Midwife Jess Allan said it was important to highlight the significance of sepsis in our population and to raise awareness of risk factors for women and babies.

“We wanted to highlight what we do well here,” she said. “But also to let people know that we must use the pathways put in place and be able to recognise the signs of sepsis.”

Signs of sepsis, according to the World Sepsis Day organisation include:

- Fever
- Chills
- Feeling 'severely​ sick'
- Difficult or rapid breathing
- Low blood pressure
- Low urine output
- Confusion
- Apathy
- Altered mental state

For more information see World Sepsis Day website (external).​​