World Sepsis Day
Today we are supporting World Sepsis Day!
So what is world sepsis day?
World Sepsis Day is an initiative established in 2012. There organisation focuses on reducing the worldwide burden of sepsis. World Sepsis day is held on September 13th every year.
Why participate in World Sepsis Day?
It is a great opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against sepsis. Sepsis accounts for at least 8 million deaths worldwide annually. Yet, depending on country and education, sepsis is known only to 7-50% of the people. Likewise, it is poorly known that sepsis can be prevented by vaccination and clean care and that early recognition and treatment reduces sepsis mortality by 50%. The lack of knowledge makes sepsis the number one preventable cause of death worldwide.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection. Sepsis develops when the chemicals the immune system releases into the bloodstream to fight an infection cause inflammation throughout the entire body instead.
Who’s at risk?
There are around 123,000 cases of sepsis a year in England. Around 37,000 people die each year as a result of the condition.
Anyone can develop sepsis after an injury or minor infection, although some people are more vulnerable.
People most at risk of sepsis include those:
- With a medical condition or receiving medical treatment that weakens their immune system
- Who are already in hospital with a serious illness
- Who are very young or very old
- Who have just had surgery or who have wounds or injuries as a result of an accident
- A high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
- Chills and shivering
- A fast heartbeat
- Fast breathing
When to get medical help?
Seek medical advice urgently from NHS (111) if you’ve recently had an infection or injury and you have possible early signs of sepsis.
Sever sepsis and septic shock are medical emergencies. If you think you or someone in your care has one of these condition, go straight to A&E or call 999.
We hope you have learnt what world sepsis day is and how important it is to spread the world of sepsis to the people around the world.