Each year on this day, people from around the world join together to raise awareness for one of the deadliest and costly diseases in healthcare today: sepsis. Sep. 13, World Sepsis Day, is sponsored by The Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), a nonprofit organization that supports over 1 million caregivers in more than 70 countries’ as they work to decrease the incidence and impact of sepsis worldwide.
Here in the U.S., providers are constantly seeking new and better ways to provide higher quality sepsis care, faster. But what about what’s happening outside our country?
While we celebrate our decreasing mortality rates in the U.S., lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC) are experiencing sepsis mortality rates upwards of 80 percent. In most LMIC countries, the only tools they have for fighting sepsis are thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, and non-licensed personnel.
In fact, less than 20 percent of the 30 million annual worldwide cases of sepsis receive the appropriate standard of care, contributing to over 8 million sepsis deaths globally each year.
Did you know…
- 70 percent of the 9 million infant deaths worldwide are attributed to sepsis.
- African countries reported less than 1.5 percent of healthcare providers have the resources necessary to implement the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines.
- Providers in Mongolia reported they had no consistent access to antibiotics for septic patients.
- In Tunisia, Pakistan, Thailand and Turkey, the sepsis mortality rate is greater than 80 percent.
Today, on World Sepsis Day, take a moment to be thankful for the technologies, devices, medications and skilled teams that developed countries like the U.S. are able to access.
Despite geography and cultural differences, we can all play a part in the global fight against sepsis. Visit the GSA webpage to find a list of World Sepsis Day activities your organization can participate in.
Too many people develop sepsis. Too few survive. Together, we can help prevent sepsis and save lives.
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I’m a director of clinical performance partners from Maryland who gets inexplicably excited about mortality, hospital acquired conditions, patient safety issues and Kaizen events. When I am not working, you will find me running in the woods, skating with my local roller derby team, or sewing costumes for the local high school drama department. Connect with me on LinkedIn.