Reminder: WSD Supporter Meeting on September 26th at ESICM in Vienna

You are invited to the World Sepsis Day Supporter Meeting on September 26th at the ESICM Congress in Vienna, Austria. Main topics will be a summary of this year’s main GSA activities, the World Health Assembly Sepsis Resolution and how to make the most of it, as well as a look back on the 6th World Sepsis Day and the WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis, our joint free online congress with the WHO. 

  • Tuesday, September 26th
  • 12:15 to 2:15 pm (lunch break of ESICM)
  • Meeting Room: BM5, Level 0
  • Snacks will be provided
  • Preliminary Agenda is available here

Participation is free of charge and open to everyone. If you want to attend, please write us a short email.

The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine is an association of individual persons. Founded in March 1982 in Geneva, Switzerland, ESICM is a non-profit making international association. ESICM supports and promotes the advancement of knowledge in intensive care medicine, in particular the promotion of the highest standards of multidisciplinary care of critically ill patients and their families through education, research and professional development.

Marvin Zick
Release Schedule WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis

The WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis was a huge success. Over 8,000 people from 156 countries joined us live on September 12th, the day before the sixth World Sepsis Day on September 13th, to learn from 25 renowned experts, who gave 12-min presentations on maternal and neonatal sepsis, a often neglected facet of sepsis, which by itself is already a neglected disease as well. We would like to thank all participants, all speakers, chairs, and everyone involved in making this congress possible.

All talks will be available to rewatch on our YouTube Channel, and as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, freely accessible and free of charge. The opening session 'Sepsis - The Challenges of Medicine, Politics, and Society' will be available on Thursday, September 21st, with sessions 2, 3, and 4 following every two weeks. The full release schedule is available here (PDF). You can already subscribe to the YouTube Channel or the podcast, to be automatically notified once new episodes are available.

Feel free to share these links with your colleagues and friends:

Marvin Zick
Submit Pictures for 2017 WSD Event Poster Now

What did you do for World Sepsis Day? We want to know and feature you and your event on the 2017 WSD Event Poster. 
Please fill out the form here and include a picture of your event to be featured on the poster. 
Please note you can only upload one picture per event. 

The poster will be completed by November, and we will make it available for download, as well as sent out printed copies.

Please let your colleagues and friends know, especially if you know they did an event for WSD.

Marvin Zick
Health Innovation Network’s Sepsis Awareness Film for Parents of Children under 5

The early recognition and treatment of sepsis is known to save lives, but sepsis can cause vague symptoms and develop very quickly, particularly in young children. It is therefore vitally important for parents, as well as healthcare professionals, to be aware of the early signs of sepsis in this age group. 

Developed in partnership with NHS England and the ASK SNIFF Safety Netting Collaborative, Health Innovation Network’s short film “Spotting the Signs of Sepsis” (embedded below / YouTube link) was co-designed with parents, for parents, and uses real-life footage to raise awareness of sepsis in young children and empower parents to ask “Could this be Sepsis?” The clinical content is based on the Public Health England and the UK Sepsis Trust’s public awareness campaign launched in 2016. 

The film is publicly available on the NHS Choices’ website and their YouTube channel, with their Facebook launch receiving over 1.1 million views within a week. The sister film “Caring for Children with Fever at Home” provides practical tips and advice for parents.

The films are also being incorporated into the “safety-netting” information that Emergency Department and Primary Care clinicians in England provide to parents of children with fever, or suspected infection, well enough to be cared for at home. Further resources to support this can be found on the Health Innovation Network’s website.

Marvin Zick
Template for Press Release for World Sepsis Day and World Sepsis Congress Spotlight

World Sepsis Day is approaching vigorously, it is less than one week away. On September 12th, the day before WSD, the GSA and the WHO have joined forces to host the 'World Sepsis Congress Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis' - a free online congress shining a spotlight on this neglected aspect of sepsis, as well as giving updates on sepsis in general. 

For World Sepsis Day and World Sepsis Congress Spotlight, we have drafted a press release you can use as a template, tailoring it to the media in your respective country by editing as you see fit and translating, if necessary, and then distributing it.

It includes a quote by the new Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Prof. Konrad Reinhart, chair of the Global Sepsis Alliance.

Download Press Release WSD & WSC English (PDF)

Download Press Release Template WSD & WSC English
Download Press Release Template WSD & WSC English on Letterhead
Download Press Release Template WSD & WSC Spanish
Download Press Release Template WSD & WSC Spanish on Letterhead
Download Press Release Template WSD & WSC Arabic
Download Press Release Template WSD & WSC Arabic on Letterhead

Marvin Zick
WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis Only Two Weeks Away

In exactly two weeks, on September 12th, 2017, the Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Health Organization will host the WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis. The WSC Spotlight is a free online congress in the style of the 1st World Sepsis Congress last year, but focuses on a particular topic, which is maternal and neonatal sepsis this year. The opening session will focus on sepsis and its political and social implications, while the last session will give updates on sepsis in general. 

The congress will be held in English and is open to everyone with an internet connection.
For more information on program, speakers, time zones, and to register for free, please visit

In 4 distinctive sessions, 25 speakers from all around the world will share their knowledge on maternal and neonatal sepsis and give updates on sepsis in general in 10-minute presentations and keynotes. After each talk, the speakers will answer live questions from the audience. After the congress, all presentations will be made available to view on demand on the World Sepsis Congress YouTube Channel and as a Podcast on Apple Podcasts

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, new Director-General of the WHO, will open the congress on September 12th, 2017, one day before the sixth World Sepsis Day on September 13th. 

Marvin Zick