World Sepsis Day

World Sepsis Day Quick Facts

2024 Date13 September 2024
2025 Date13 September 2025

World Sepsis Day

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World Sepsis Day History

World Sepsis Day seeks to raise awareness about sepsis, a life-threatening condition arising from infection. This event aims to educate the public on the early recognition of symptoms, facilitate timely treatment, and promote collaborative research to reduce sepsis incidence and mortality. Recognising and treating sepsis in its early stages is crucial, as the condition can rapidly progress to severe stages and lead to organ failure, amputation or death.

Initially established in 2012 by the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), World Sepsis Day has gained momentum over the years. Sepsis has a significant impact on the UK, with around 245,000 people affected annually, and nearly 50,000 deaths each year. NHS England and the UK Sepsis Trust have been actively involved in the campaign, developing guidelines and clinical tools to improve sepsis management and reduce the social and economic burdens.

In the United Kingdom, World Sepsis Day is marked by educational programmes for healthcare professionals, online campaigns, and media coverage. The UK Sepsis Trust also organises fundraisers and public engagement activities to build greater understanding of the condition, its effects on individuals and families, and the importance of early intervention. World Sepsis Day holds the potential to save thousands of lives by ensuring that sepsis is recognised early and dealt with effectively. World Sepsis Day is observed annually on the 13th of September, uniting people in their fight against sepsis worldwide.

World Sepsis Day Facts

  • Sepsis can be classified into three stages reflecting its severity: sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock. Severe sepsis is when the infection leads to organ dysfunction, such as kidney or liver failure. Septic shock is the most severe and life-threatening stage, resulting in dangerously low blood pressure and organ failure.
  • Bacterial infections are the most common cause of sepsis, but it can also be caused by viral, fungal, or parasitic infections.

World Sepsis Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend or organize a charity event that raises funds for sepsis research or support.
  • Donate to sepsis research and treatment organizations or Global Sepsis Alliance.
  • Spread the word about World Sepsis Day on social media. Share facts and figures about sepsis, or share personal stories of people affected by sepsis.
  • Donate to or volunteer for organizations such as the UK Sepsis Trust, which works to raise awareness of sepsis, provide support to affected families, and advocate for better sepsis care.
  • Learn more about sepsis by researching online, reading books, or attending educational events.

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