World Sepsis Day

September 15, 2020


The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified September 13th of each year as World Sepsis Day. World Sepsis Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against sepsis.

The WHO describes sepsis as the common final pathway of all acute infections. Sepsis occurs when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. This can result in shock, multiple organ failure and death, especially if sepsis is not recognised and treated promptly.

About 80% of cases of sepsis occur outside of hospitals.

Anyone can get sepsis.

11,000,000 people die of sepsis every year.

Early recognition and treatment can reduce sepsis mortality.

St Andrew's Hospital acknowledged World Sepsis Day on Friday 11 September with a display in the staff cafeteria and Emergency Services had a sepsis awareness afternoon.