23rd International Symposium of Infections in the Critically Ill Patient

On February 15th and 16th 2018, the 23rd International Symposium on Infections in the Critically Ill Patient will be held in Dublin, Ireland. This year, the conference will be conducted with The Intensive Care Society of Ireland as part of the winter symposium. Trainees will present their most recent studies in critical care medicine and postoperative medicine. We're expecting a major turn out of clinicians from both the Republic of Ireland as well as Northern Ireland. Join us and over 35 speakers from all fields of medicine who review current concepts, technologies, and present advances in infections in critically ill patient.
Sepsis, pulmonary infections, basic research, treatment of pulmonary infections, and prophylaxis therapy of severe infections will be the topics of the main sessions. At the end of each session, a clinical controversy, panel discussion or case report discussion will give you the option to interact with these leading experts in the field of infections.

Download program (PDF, 1 MB)
Learn more and register

Marvin Zick
Sign the Kampala Declaration and Support the Fight Against Sepsis in Africa

On October 20th, 2017, representatives from the African Sepsis Alliance, the Global Sepsis Alliance, the African Federation of Critical Care Nurses, and the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses came together in Kampala, Uganda, to formulate demands and steps necessary to fight the global silent killer sepsis in Africa. This led to the creation of the Kampala Declaration.

We highly encourage you to please sign the Kampala Declaration and contribute to saving millions of lives every year.

Please share this online petition within your organization, among your co-workers, friends, family, and other interested parties. 

Download the Kampala Declaration (PDF, 0.3 MB).
Please click here to sign the Kampala Declaration on change.org now.
Download the accompanying letter, pledging to sign the Kampala Declaration.
Visit the new website from our friends at the African Sepsis Alliance.

Marvin Zick
The Sepsis Quiz by the Sepsis Alliance

When sepsis is recognized early, it's usually treatable. But without recognition, treatment can't begin. To raise awareness, as well as to learn more about sepsis, the Sepsis Alliance created a quiz. How well do you know sepsis? Can your friends, family, and colleagues answer all questions? It only takes a few minutes, why don't you give it a try? In doing so, you will learn some interestings facts about sepsis as well...

Helen Reinke
Sepsis Unplugged 2018: A Conference Done Differently

The UK Sepsis Trust is pleased to announce that Sepsis Unplugged 2018 will take place from February 5th to 6th, 2018, at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham. Sepsis Unplugged is a conference done a little differently. It leaves attitudes and egos at the door, brings together all healthcare professionals and patient groups as equals, and asks the questions that will shape better sepsis care.

Conferences like this are crucial: we must act decisively to save the thousands of lives sepsis claims every year – more than breast cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer and HIV/AIDS combined.

Registration is open so please book your place now and enjoy the early bird discount. Please note this discount will end after 24th November 2017.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 24th November 2017
Early Bird Price will end after 24th November 2017

Who should attend?

This unique conference will be of interest to the following healthcare professionals and those working within:

  • Acute Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • General Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • ACCS Trainees
  • GPs
  • Paramedics
  • Urgent Care Specialists
  • Infection Prevention

We want to reach out and encourage all medical, nursing and allied healthcare professionals to attend. This conference will also be of particular interest to chief executives, managers, patient bodies, and charities.


The Programme

Traditional academic meetings have failed to reliably improve outcomes or engage the wider healthcare system. At Sepsis Unplugged 2018, a range of practical workshops, discussion panels and interactive sessions lead the way for a truly novel, inspiring experience. 

High profile speakers will provide a comprehensive and up-to-date review of Sepsis to include; the patient perspective, examining patient information, management of paediatric sepsis, maternal sepsis, and lots more.

The programme has been designed to appeal to a multidisciplinary audience, there really will be something for everyone. This is the forum for healthcare professionals to come together and improve sepsis outcomes.


Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions are invited on ideas to help prevent sepsis which can be used in the future as case studies and leading light projects to inspire other healthcare professionals around the UK and beyond.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, 24th November 2017.

Abstracts are invited on the following topics:

  • Education & Training
  • Human Factors
  • Looking to the Future
  • Patient Safety
  • Quality Improvement
  • Other Sepsis Related Work


More Info

Sepsis Unplugged 2018 Event Team
Email: events@fitwise.co.uk
Telephone: +44 1506 292 042


Marvin Zick
Governor Cuomo Signs Rory Staunton's Law

In the last week of October, Governor Cuomo of New York State signed a new education law into effect, ensuring that all children in New York State learn about sepsis in school.
This marks a huge step, as early recognition and awareness are essential in the global fight against sepsis and educating school children about the signs of sepsis will spread awareness and save lives. We hope this motivates other states and countries to follow this shining example from New York State.

Bill No. A06053A, also known as “Rory Staunton’s Law”, “...directs the commissioner of education to collaborate with the department of health and other health organizations to establish regulations for a sepsis awareness and prevention program for school districts, boards of cooperative educational services, and nonpublic schools.”

The Rory Staunton Foundation, which worked closely with Governor Cuomo's office to make this happen, was established after the tragic death of Rory Staunton, a young and healthy boy who died from sepsis in April 2012. His parents mission is to ensure that no other child or young adult dies of sepsis resulting from the lack of a speedy diagnosis and immediate medical treatment. The Rory Staunton Foundation also published a very interesting and informative short video on sepsis (embedded below), to help raise awareness for sepsis.

For more information, please visit the website of the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

Marvin Zick
WSC Spotlight: Updates on Sepsis Now Available

The session 'Updates on Sepsis' from the WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis is now available on demand on YouTube (embedded below) and as a Podcast on Apple Podcasts (iTunes Link).

This concludes the WSC Spotlight 2017; all talks and sessions are freely available on demand, easily accessible and free of charge. We are very interested to hear what you liked or disliked about this free online congress - please participate in this short survey to give us feedback - it takes about 3 minutes to complete. Thanks so much! 

If you enjoyed this free online congress, please donate to make the 2nd World Sepsis Congress possible in 2018.

Marvin Zick
Webinar: Appropriate Use of Antibiotics in Sepsis: Timely Action that Saves Lives

The Pan American Health Organization is pleased to invite you to the free webinar “Appropriate Use of Antibiotics in Sepsis: Timely Action that Saves Lives” organized in the framework of the 2017 World Antibiotic Awareness Week.  Being the most serious form of infection, sepsis represents a vital indication of the responsible use of effective antimicrobials for human health and in the absence of appropriate and timely clinical management it would be almost universally fatal.   

The free webinar aims at increasing awareness and highlighting the importance on rapid administration of appropriate antibiotics in order to reduce deaths from sepsis in the Americas. Experts and a sepsis survivor will be presenting on the vital experience of surviving this condition as well as on the challenges for managing sepsis in Latin America and the Caribbean. Presenters will focus on how to access and timely make use of the appropriate antibiotics, including resistance patterns.

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (Washington DC Time)
Location: "Room C" PAHO Headquarters, Washington DC

Please click here to join the webinar live on November 14th.

Marvin Zick
Invitation to the WSD Supporter Meeting on November 9th at the 13th World Congress of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The GSA will hold its next WSD Supporter Meeting on November 9th at the 13th World Congress of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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. 

  • Thursday, November 9th, 2017
  • 12:45 to 02:45 pm
  • Meeting Room: OLX207 – Bora Bora I
  • Snacks will be provided
  • Preliminary Agenda can be downloaded here (PDF)

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




Helen Reinke