Campaign to raise awareness of little-known but widespread killer, sepsis
NEAS conducts research into condition, and educates staff
It's largely unknown to the general public, and poorly
understood by many health professionals. Yet sepsis - a chemical
reaction in the body to bacteria - is one of the biggest killers in
Globally, more than twenty to thirty million people are affected
every year, claiming more lives than bowel and breast cancer
NEAS is teaching all staff about the illness, and also carrying
out research into sepsis.
A person dies from sepsis somewhere in the world every few
The first World Sepsis Day will take place on September 13th
2012, with the aim of raising public and professional awareness of
The symptoms of sepsis are not caused by the germs themselves.
Instead, chemicals the body releases cause the response.
A bacterial infection anywhere in the body may set off the
response that leads to sepsis. Common places where an infection
might start include:
For patients in hospital, common sites of infection include
intravenous lines, surgical wounds, surgical drains, and sites
of skin breakdown known as bedsores (decubitus ulcers).
In the developed world, sepsis is dramatically increasing by an
annual rate of between 8-13 % Reasons are diverse, but include the
aging population, increasing use of high-risk interventions in all
age groups, and the development of drug-resistant and more virulent
varieties of infections.
In the developing world malnutrition, poverty, lack of access to
vaccines and timely treatment all contribute to death.
Despite its remarkable incidence, sepsis is practically unknown
to the public and is often misunderstood as blood poisoning