Sepsis is getting the attention it deserves.

Sepsis, a degenerative condition caused by the body’s response to wound infection that can result in tissue damage, organ failure and potential death, has become an increasingly severe problem worldwide. The disastrous nature of the global ailment has pushed the World Health Organization and the World Health Assembly to create a resolution to better prevent, treat and inform the world about sepsis.

Sepsis being taken more seriously

“Community-acquired and health care-acquired sepsis represent a huge global burden that has been estimated to be 31 million cases every year, six million of which result in death,” said Dr. Chan, Director-General of the WHO, in a statement to the Global Sepsis Alliance. “One in ten patients world-wide acquires one health care associated infection which often manifests itself with sepsis conditions.”

The New England Journal of Medicine reported that infections can turn into sepsis very quickly and without warning. Administering preventative antibiotics early in the transformation process is crucial to a patient’s success in fighting sepsis. The resolution aims to create awareness programs that will teach both clinicians and the public of the importance of this information in efforts to prevent unnecessary health complications or death.

“Worldwide, sepsis is one of the most common deadly diseases, and it is one of the few conditions to strike with equal ferocity in resource-poor areas and in the developed world,” said Dr. Konrad Reinhart, Chairman of the Global Sepsis Alliance, in a statement to the organization.

However, guidelines for detecting and preventing sepsis in some areas of the world may not work in others due to availability of resources and clinical techniques. Effective instructions need to be created or modified to fit the specific community in which they will be implemented. The initiative, which urges help from all 194 United Nation Member States, hopes to develop and publicize new context-specific guidelines.

General sepsis information

According to the CDC, there is nothing uniquely symptomatic about sepsis; it is rather a combination of symptoms typically associated with general infections. These symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Extreme pain or discomfort
  • Clammy or sweaty skin
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Short of breath
  • High heart rate

Sepsis most often occurs in individuals with weakened immune systems, babies less than one year old, seniors over 65 years old, and those with preexisting conditions like diabetes.
The WHA and WHO are taking measures to help the world see sepsis as more of a threat to global health, and increasing overall awareness and prevention techniques could help save millions of lives.

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