First World Sepsis Day September 13th, 2012–Deadly Disease That Kills Many Every Year
Posted Sep 13 2012 11:28am
Sepsis is beginning to be in the news a lot more of late with awareness and that’s a good thing. You can read a couple of the links below that reference some past articles about what it is and what it does. We probably all remember the stories of the model in Brazil and the woman in Brooklyn who’s diagnosis was missed and lead to Sepsis. The women in Brooklyn survived by with no hands or feet left.
In addition DARPA is also working with the FoldIt crowd source to help identify more information on Sepsis. The whole key with Sepsis is to identify and treat it as soon as possible as basically it’s your body shutting down to summarize in a nutshell. A few years back Vanderbilt University built monitoring technology to help the identify sooner when Sepsis is starting to set in and the software with monitors was eventually included in the suite of software products from Microsoft. Events are scheduled in 40 countries today to help bring about the awareness needed for this deadly condition. BD
London, UK, 13 September 2012 – The first ever World Sepsis Day (WSD) was held today, with events hosted across the world in London, New York, Berlin and Beijing. As part of the global effort to draw attention to this deadly disease, the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) events were held with attendance from key government officials, medical professionals, academics, sepsis survivors and members of the public.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it is not recognized early and treated promptly. It is the leading cause of death from infection around the world and, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines, antibiotics, and acute care, it kills over 10,000 people worldwide every day. It is a medical emergency, and timing is critical; if diagnosed and treated in the first hour of the infection a patient has more than a 80% survival rate. After the sixth hour the patient only has a 30% survival rate Incidence is increasing at a rate of 8-13% in the developed world annually. Yet, it is not universally seen as a medical emergency, in part due to low awareness among healthcare professionals and the public.
Speaking at the London event, held at the British Houses of Parliament, Dr. Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the GSA said; “The statistics associated with sepsis have dramatic implications for global efforts to eliminate disease. Sepsis is a medical emergency and requires a worldwide effort to educate and engage both the general public and political powers, to take steps required to tackle its growing number of victims.”
Prof. Konrad Reinhart, Executive Director of Global Sepsis Alliance, spoke at the event in Berlin; “Rapid initiation of simple, timely interventions can halve the risk of dying. Early sepsis treatment is cost effective and reduces hospital and critical care bed days for patients. Unfortunately, sepsis is still mostly overlooked and recognised too late.”
Events overview Events to mark World Sepsis Day are taking place in more than 40 countries and in many institutions all around the world, with support from over 2,000 hospitals, medical professionals and institutions. In China, the GSA and the Chinese Society for Critical Care Medicine hosted a conference in Beijing announcing their commitment to five key targets known as the World Sepsis Declaration. Leading academics, physicians and government officials participated, speaking on various studies and research on sepsis. The event in London, which took place yesterday, involved a presentation from a 15 year old school boy, Patrick Kane, who carried the Olympic torch through London earlier this year. He lost his right leg below the knee, his lower left arm and fingers from his right hand to sepsis. He was joined with presentations by MP, Eric Ollerenshaw, and Dr. Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the GSA. A street art installation, depicting the race against time with sepsis, was also displayed outside the event. This evening, New York will host the first Sepsis Heroes Evening, which will be held to honour healthcare professionals and individuals promoting sepsis awareness across the US. At the event, which will be hosted at The Arena event space, awards will be presented to Jennifer Ludwin, a sepsis survivor, the North Shore-LIJ Health System, for its work in improving care for sepsis patients across their hospitals and the organizers of Spike Out Sepsis, for the event's unique approach to raising sepsis awareness and funds for the Sepsis Alliance. Berlin is hosting two events today; the first is a tea light installation with hundreds of tea lights being lit at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Each tea light represents 100 of the 60,000 sepsis deaths that occur annually in Germany. A second event will be hosted by The German Sepsis Society and the Global Sepsis Alliance. This is an exclusive gala dinner with invited guests from politics, sports, entertainment and medicine. Christian Schenk, WSD ambassador and Olympic champion will present an entertaining program with comedian Gayle Tufts as special guest. Professor Tobias Welte, Chairman of the German Sepsis Society will also speak at the event. The entry fee will be used to provide financial support for a four-year old who has lost her legs through sepsis.