World Sepsis Day
Addressing antimicrobial resistance to stop sepsis
Every 2.8 seconds, someone, somewhere in the world dies from sepsis (1, 2). Sepsis occurs when a run-of-the-mill infectious disease, like seasonal flu or pneumonia, spirals out of control. Antimicrobials are crucial for treating sepsis (3), but the growing crisis of antimicrobial resistance threatens the efficacy of antimicrobial therapy.
Rapidly and accurately diagnosing patients with infectious diseases can support evidence-based antimicrobial use and stop common infections from progressing to sepsis.
Sepsis occurs when the body’s own immune response to an infection goes into overdrive. Untreated, it can lead to shock, multi-organ failure and death. While everyone is susceptible to sepsis, people with weakened immune systems – including adults over 60 or young children – are most at risk.
Sepsis affects nearly 50 million people every year, and survivors often face long-term consequences, including loss of limbs, memory problems and post-traumatic stress disorder (1, 2).
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