Did you know sepsis is a global health problem? Sepsis is a life threatening medical condition that arises when the body’s attempt to fight an infection results in the immune system damaging tissues and organs. In severe cases, blood pressure drops, multiple organ failures ensue, and the patient can die from septic shock. Today, the most common treatment of sepsis is with intravenous fluids and antibiotics.
On September 8 and 9 more than 70 world-leading experts on sepsis, infectious diseases and public health, joined representatives from health care authorities, policy makers, as well as sepsis victims and their family members for the 1st World Sepsis Congress (WSC). The congress was held completely online and was a prelude to the 5th World Sepsis Day on September 13.
During the two-day event, BC Children’s Vice-President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Tex Kissoon, presented on the Burden of Sepsis in Children and also chaired a session on the Global Health Threat of Sepsis. “Sepsis is the common final pathway for all acute infections, which is why creating awareness about sepsis, and recognizing the signs of sepsis, is so important,” said Dr. Kissoon.
Other highlights of the web-based congress included sessions on the prevention of sepsis, patient safety and quality improvement, the challenges of patients and families and the long term consequences of sepsis.
YouTube videos and podcasts from the congress will be available for those who were unable to attend. For more information about the 1st World Sepsis Congress visit: worldsepsiscongress.org/