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Fighting Sepsis to Save 800,000 Lives Each Year

September 12, 2013

BERLIN, September 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

– Second World Sepsis Day on 13 September with high participation around the world

With over 100 events in more than 40 countries on every continent, the response to
this year’s World Sepsis Day (WSD) is even greater than last year’s. Global Sepsis
Alliance and WSD 2013 supporters in every country have one message: by implementing the
guidelines for the prevention and management of sepsis, the rapid increase in the number
of sepsis cases can be slowed and sepsis mortality rates reduced by 20% worldwide. Sepsis
is an emergency. Patients showing early symptoms require immediate diagnosis and
treatment, e.g. the administration of antibiotics, within the first hour.

Effective prevention, early detection, and prompt treatment measures are not yet being
implemented consistently, thus contributing to a 7% to 8% annual increase in the number of
sepsis cases and mortality rates of 30%-40% in industrialized countries. Each year, that
amounts to around 25m sepsis cases, 8m deaths, an enormous economic burden, and a tragic
human toll.

World Sepsis Day is supported by more than 2,200 hospitals, 180 national and
international associations, and numerous non-profit organizations, all united by one goal:
to save 800,000 lives each year by 2020. The means: reduce the number of sepsis cases by
20% and mortality rates by 10% by implementing sepsis guidelines.


Sepsis is the most severe reaction to a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. Its
primary causes are pneumonia, abdominal or urinary tract infections, and wound infections
following surgery. The body’s inflammatory reaction to a pathogen spirals out of control,
resulting in damage by the body’s own immune system to tissues and organs. If sepsis is
not detected and treated immediately, it can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and

More information:http://www.world-sepsis-day.org

        Head office of the Global Sepsis Alliance
        for World Sepsis Day
        Center for Sepsis Control and Care
        Prof. Konrad Reinhart
        Erlanger Allee 101
        07747 Jena

        Press queries to:

        Anette Lejeune
        Fon: +49-30-84370831
        Fax: +49-30-84370341
        Bplus - PR
        Muehlenstr. 38
        14167 Berlin

SOURCE World Sepsis Day Head Office

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