World Sepsis Day 2019 : Stop Sepsis Save Lives
World Sepsis Day is held on September 13th every year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against sepsis. It is estimated to affect more than 30 million people worldwide every year, potentially leading to 6 million deaths.
Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs, potentially leading to death or significant morbidity.
There are two main steps to preventing sepsis
- Prevention of infection in the community involves using effective hygiene practices, such as hand washing, and safe preparation of food, improving sanitation and water quality and availability, providing access to vaccines, particularly for those at high risk, as well as appropriate nutrition, including breastfeeding for newborns.
- Prevention of infection in health care facilities mainly relies on having functioning infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes and teams, effective hygiene practices and precautions, including hand hygiene, along with a clean, well-functioning environment and equipment.
Together we can help prevent sepsis and save millions of lives every year.
World Health Organization South-East Asia Region – WHO SEARO