2018 in Review, Plans for 2019, and Happy Holidays from the Team at the Global Sepsis Alliance
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Thank you for supporting World Sepsis Day, the work of the Global Sepsis Alliance, and the fight against sepsis throughout 2018.

2018 was another successful year for raising awareness of sepsis and igniting policy change worldwide.

The 2017 WHO Resolution on Sepsis was followed up by the first WHO Technical Expert Meeting on Sepsis in Geneva in January 2018.

In February 2017, the Khartoum Resolution was produced at the International Sepsis Conference in Sudan, supported by both the African Sepsis Alliance and the Global Sepsis Alliance.

In March 2018, we hosted the event ‘Sepsis - The Most Preventable Cause of Death and Disability in Europe - A Call to EU Action’ in Brussels, together with the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis. At this meeting, the European Sepsis Alliance was founded and the Brussels Resolution adopted.

Also in Brussels in March, we hosted a World Sepsis Day Supporter Meeting at the 38th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM), with presentations by Konrad Reinhart, Hiroki Saito from the WHO, Simon Finfer, Vida Hamilton, Tobias Gothow, and Marvin Zick.

For World Hand Hygiene Day on May 5th, we initiated the Clean Hands Challenge, challenging health institutions around the world to participate and promote awareness about hand hygiene and sepsis.

Later in May, we launched ‘Stories of Sepsis’, a new format highlighting a very personal story of a sepsis survivor or those bereaved by sepsis every 5 to 7 weeks - so far, Mac Horsburgh, Jay & Sue Stull, Thomas Gatley, Maddy Jones, Sonia Adrissi, Fiona Gray, Mia Wilkinson, Lucy Ellis, and Verna Marzo. We will share more stories in 2019.

In June, our friends from the Latin American Sepsis Institute (LASI) hosted the XV Fórum Internacional de Sepsis in São Paulo. At the meeting, the São Paulo Declaration was adopted.

Also in June, we announced the winners of the 2018 GSA Awards, which received their awards at medical conferences and similar events throughout the rest of the year.

On September 5th and 6th, we of course hosted the 2nd World Sepsis Congress, bringing knowledge about sepsis to all parts of the world. The congress was free of charge, took place completely online, and featured 103 renowned experts from 29 countries speaking on all aspects of sepsis. All sessions were recorded and are released to our YouTube Channel and on Apple Podcasts weekly on Thursdays - sessions 1 to 13 are already available, while sessions 14 to 17 are coming December 20th, January 3rd, January 10th, and January 17th, respectively. More background on the congress is available in the 2nd WSC Report.

Shortly before World Sepsis Day on September 13th, we released the brand-new infographics, which are now available in 3 languages (English, Spanish, German).

World Sepsis Day itself was the biggest yet, with countless events in all parts of the world, from sport activities, pink picnics, events for medical professionals, gala events, to public events and much, much more. There was a lot of activity on Social Media as well, with many people using the new infographics, #WorldSepsisDay trending in some parts of the world, and our Facebook Page reaching more than 2.4 million people. The 2018 World Sepsis Day Event Poster summarizes many events and activities and is now available to download and order printed copies.

On World Sepsis Day, we launched the GSA Global Quality Measures Survey, a global survey which will shape the work of the Global Sepsis Alliance, our members, policy makers, and international stakeholders for years to come. The survey is still open, please participate and encourage your network to do the same.

In early October, we founded the Asian Pacific Sepsis Alliance - expect more news on our regional alliances in 2019.

Later in October, we held another World Sepsis Day Supporter Meeting, this time at the ESICM LIVES congress in Paris, France, with a wide array of supporters from all over the world.

In November, we launched the new World Sepsis Day Pocket Cards in two distinct versions, one for medical professionals and one for lay people. Both versions cover sepsis in adults, in pregnant women, in children, and in newborns/neonates. In addition to how to spot sepsis in said groups, the pocket cards for medical professionals also include treatment advice.

Throughout the year, we translated our video ‘What Is Sepsis? (sepsis explained in 3 minutes)’ to more languages. Besides English, it is now available in Spanish, Portuguese, FrenchItalian, Turkish, and German (YouTube links). It has been viewed over 150,000 times so far. Please continue to send it to your loved ones to let them know about sepsis - awareness save lives.

In 2019, we will continue to translate the WSD Infographics, the WSD Pocket Cards, and our video to more languages. Early in 2019, we will open applications and nominations for the 2019 GSA Awards. We will have at least two World Sepsis Day Supporter Meetings in 2019, at ESICM in Brussels in March, and at ESICM LIVES in Berlin in September. You can expect us to announce more on regional sepsis alliances in 2019, as well as to work relentlessly with our member organizations, the World Health Organization, regional governments, and international stakeholders to ignite policy change and grant sepsis the priority it deserves.
In close proximity to World Sepsis Day, we will host the WSC Spotlight 2019 - a free online congress shining a spotlight on one particular aspect of sepsis – stay tuned.

Please consider donating to support our activities.

We would like to thank all of you - our supporters, colleagues, friends, volunteers, members, and partners for an amazing 2018. We wish everybody happy holidays and a good start into 2019, as well as happiness, success, and above all, health.

Marvin Zick
2nd WSC – Challenges of Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis (Session 13)

‘Challenges of Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis’ - Session 13 from the 2nd World Sepsis Congress - is now available to recap on YouTube (embedded above) and as a Podcast on Apple Podcasts (iTunes link).
It is chaired by Andrew Argent from South Africa and features the following presentations:

  • The Global Burden of Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis - Mercedes Bonet

  • Prevention of Neonatal Sepsis - Zulfiqar Bhutta

  • Sepsis in Children in Latin America - Daniela de Souza

  • Sepsis in Pandemics and Epidemics - Adrienne Randolph

  • Implementing Programs to Reduce Maternal Infection in Resource-Limited Settings - Jeffrey Smith

  • Fluid Therapy in Children in Resource-Poor Settings - Kathryn Maitland

Sessions are released weekly on Thursdays. The next session is a very special session, it is the panel discussion ‘Sepsis Is a Devastating Disease: Listen to the Survivors and Those Bereaved’. It will be available on December 20th, 2018. Please head over to the 2nd WSC website for the full release schedule.

The 2nd WSC is brought to you free of charge by the Global Sepsis Alliance, fostering our aspiration to bring knowledge about sepsis to all parts of the world. If you enjoyed it or learned something, please consider donating to our cause.

Marvin Zick
2018 WSD Event Poster Now Available - Download and Order Printed Copies
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The 2018 WSD Event Poster is now available, summarizing hundreds of activities and events that were held this World Sepsis Day to raise awareness for sepsis. The poster is available in a view version for computers, websites, etc., and in a print version, for you to print and (proudly) display within your facility or organization. Please note that the print version is 24 MB, so depending on your internet connection, the download may take a couple of minutes. The view version is 3 MB.

Additionally, until January 20th, 2019, you can order printed copies of the poster - shipped free of charge to your home or office, as a token of our appreciation.

We are only human and make mistakes - should you find any on the poster, please let us know.

World Sepsis Day 2018 was the biggest yet, with countless events in all parts of the world – which is why the poster is quite full...
There were events for medical professionals, sport activities, photo exhibitions, pink picnics, gala events, dinners, public events, and of course online events such as the '2nd World Sepsis Congress', as well as campaigns on Social Media.

A huge thanks to everybody who held an event for World Sepsis Day this year - you are amazing, and you are contributing to the global fight against sepsis. Thank you!

We are already looking forward to World Sepsis Day 2019…

If you enjoy the free World Sepsis Day Event Poster, please support us by making a donation.

Marvin Zick
2nd WSC – Challenges of Sepsis Management in Children Around the Globe (Session 12)

‘Challenges of Sepsis Management in Children Around the Globe’ - Session 12 from the 2nd World Sepsis Congress - is now available to recap on YouTube (embedded above) and as a Podcast on Apple Podcasts (iTunes link).
It is chaired by Satoshi Nakagawa from Japan and features the following presentations:

  • We Need a New Definition for Sepsis in Children - Luregn Schlapbach, Australia

  • Improving Sepsis Care for Children in China - Robert Lu

  • Smart Discharges for Sepsis – Preventing Child Deaths After Discharge - Matthew Wiens

  • Sepsis from Pneumonia and Diarrhoeal Diseases - Mohammod Chisti

  • Treating Sepsis in District Hospitals: Best Returns on Input - Elizabeth Molyneux

  • Sepsis: The Leading Cause of Death in Children Worldwide - Niranjan ‘Tex’ Kissoon

Sessions are released weekly on Thursdays. The next session is ‘Challenges of Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis’ on December 13th, 2018. Please head over to the 2nd WSC website for the full release schedule.

The 2nd WSC is brought to you free of charge by the Global Sepsis Alliance, fostering our aspiration to bring knowledge about sepsis to all parts of the world. If you enjoyed it or learned something, please consider donating to our cause.

Marvin Zick
World Sepsis Day Infographics Now Available in German
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The new World Sepsis Day Infographics are now available in German.

Please download them and feel free to use them as you see fit, on your social media channels, printed at your events, and everywhere in between.

Like in the English and the Spanish version, there are a total of 21 infographics, nine on sepsis itself, ranging from symptoms, sources, prevention, risk groups, to physiology, post-sepsis symptoms, and more. Additionally, there are two on hand-washing, and ten more pointing out the relationship to other World Health Days, such as World Malaria Day, World AIDS Day, World Immunization Week, and more.

The infographics are available as images (.png), as well as optimized for print (.pdf).

Please support us to make sure the German infographics are used widely - thanks so much.

If you like them, please use them and tell your colleagues and friends about sepsis and World Sepsis Day. If you don’t, or have suggestions for improvements, please get in touch.

We will be translating the infographics to more languages in 2019.

Marvin Zick
2nd WSC – Prevention of Infection and Sepsis (Session 11)

‘Prevention of Infection and Sepsis’ - Session 11 from the 2nd World Sepsis Congress - is now available to recap on YouTube (embedded above) and as a Podcast on Apple Podcasts (iTunes link).
It is chaired by Nathan Nielsen from the US and features the following presentations:

  • Vaccination as a Strategy to Prevent Invasive Bacterial Infections and Sepsis - Tamara Pilishvili

  • Oral Synbiotics to Prevent Sepsis and Infections in Young Infants - Pinaki Panigrahi

  • Probiotics in the Critically Ill - Why and How? - Deborah Cook

  • Nutrition in the Critically Ill – Is Less More? - Greet Van den Berghe

  • How to Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections - Petra Gastmeier

  • Challenges to Prevent HAIs in Resource Poor Settings - Benedetta Allegranzi

Sessions are released weekly on Thursdays. The next session is ‘Challenges of Sepsis Management in Children Around the Globe’ on December 6th, 2018. Please head over to the 2nd WSC website for the full release schedule.

The 2nd WSC is brought to you free of charge by the Global Sepsis Alliance, fostering our aspiration to bring knowledge about sepsis to all parts of the world. If you enjoyed it or learned something, please consider donating to our cause.

Marvin Zick
Updated WSD Pocket Cards for Medical Professionals and Laypeople Now Available
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The updated WSD Pocket Cards are now available for download. There are two distinct versions, one for medical professionals and one for laypeople. Both versions cover sepsis in adults, in pregnant women, in children, and in newborns/neonates. In addition to how to spot sepsis in said groups, the pocket cards for medical professionals also include treatment advice.

The pocket cards are optimized for print. The format is 9 cm x 12.7 cm (3.5 x 5 in), like a small printed picture, and perfect to fit in a, well, pocket.

Please support us to make sure the new pocket cards are widely used in healthcare facilities and beyond - thanks so much, we really can’t do it without you. A special thanks to everyone who contributed to the new pocket cards, especially Nathan Nielsen, Ron Daniels, and Tex Kissoon.

We spent a lot of time and thought on the new pocket cards and sincerely hope you like them. If you do, the best way to show us is by using them and encouraging people to explore our toolkit section. If you don’t like them or have suggestions for improvements, please get in touch.

Marvin Zick
Winners of the 2018 GSA Awards Receive Their Awards
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We are excited to announce that as of November 2018, all 2018 GSA Award Winners have received their awards, and, for category 2 and 3, the respective prize money. You can see the winners receiving their awards at various medical congresses all around the world in the collage above. The whole team here at the Global Sepsis Alliance wholeheartedly congratulates all 2018 GSA Award Winners and applauds their contribution in the global fight against sepsis.

 

Winners 2018

Category I - GOVERNMENTS AND HEALTHCARE AUTHORITIES

Category II - NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS, PATIENT ADVOCATE GROUPS OR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER GROUPS

Category III - Individuals

  • Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud

  • Dr. Stephen MacDonald

  • Team Sue

More information on all winners is available here.

 

Background and Applications for 2019

Every year, the Global Sepsis Awards honor outstanding efforts to increase sepsis awareness and raise the quality of sepsis prevention and management. The awards are sponsored by the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation and are granted in three categories:

  1. Governments and healthcare authorities

  2. Non-governmental organizations, patient advocacy or healthcare provider groups

  3. Individuals

Winners in category II and III receive $2,500 prize money each. Applications and nominations for the 2019 GSA Award open in January 2019 and close on March 31st, 2019.

Marvin Zick