Sepsis affects nearly 30 million people each year out of which up to 9 million die – a fact that cannot easily be ignored and requires closer attention.
What Is Sepsis?
Sepsis is often associated with blood poisoning from injuries. However, sepsis can also occur inside the body without being noticed. The Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) defines sepsis as „the body’s response to an infection [by] injuring its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multi-organ failure, and death – especially if not recognized early and treated promptly. “
The GSA summarized what sepsis is all about in the video below.
Particularly at risk for getting sepsis are:
- Infants under 1 year old
- Adults over 60 years of age
- People without a spleen
- People suffering from chronic diseases
- People with an already weakened immune system
What You Can Do When Contracting Sepsis?
On the one hand, preventative measures can be taken to avoid sepsis altogether:
- Getting vaccinated
- Using only clean water
- Washing hands regularly
- Being aware about sepsis symptoms
- Taking higher infection prevention measures in hospitals
However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, it is recommended to consult a physician immediately:
- Slurred speech
- Extreme shivering with muscle pain
- Unable to pass urine
- Feeling breathless
- Feeling like you are going to die
- Mottled, discolored skin
AMOMED Supports The Efforts of The GSA to Raise Awareness About Sepsis
We at AMOMED support the work and efforts of the Global Sepsis Alliance to educate about the sources, symptoms and consequences of sepsis. For this reason, we decided to actively participate in this year’s World Sepsis Day on September 13, 2019. We will provide information about sepsis at our Vienna office and our Head of International Medical Affairs, Dr. Houman Kamali, will give a brief lecture about sepsis.
As sepsis has lifelong consequences, AMOMED will continue to dedicate time in the years to come to spreading the word about sepsis because:
Stop Sepsis, Save Lives!
Data Source: Global Sepsis Alliance