This Sunday, September 13 is World Sepsis Day.
World Sepsis Day aims to raise awareness of this life-threatening medical condition and stand in solidarity with those who have been tragically impacted by sepsis.
Rates of sepsis are increasing in Queensland. In 2017–18, more than 20,000 people were treated for sepsis in Queensland public hospitals. More than 2,000 died with a sepsis diagnosis that year. Sepsis is known as the ‘silent killer’ for good reason.
With symptoms varying between individuals and mimicking other conditions such as the flu, sepsis is notoriously difficult to identify.
Sepsis mortality increases each hour without treatment, early diagnosis saves lives. When it comes to sepsis, time is critical.
In Australia, more than twice as many people die from sepsis than on our roads. But, only 14 per cent of Australians can name a symptom of sepsis. Sepsis symptoms can include fever, rapid breathing and heart rate, confusion and extreme pain; however, many of these symptoms are the same as other less serious illnesses like gastroenteritis or influenza. So, if you have missed this diagnosis before, you’re not alone.
Queensland Health have developed a range of resources to help raise awareness of sepsis both with patients and clinicians.
Queensland Health has also made a commitment to address sepsis as a major healthcare priority. Launched in late 2016, the Sepsis Program aims to achieve measurable and sustainable improvement in sepsis outcomes for adults and children through early recognition, escalation and prompt treatment.
The program commenced with emergency departments in metropolitan, regional and rural Queensland and will expand to include inpatient, and maternal and neonatal sepsis in 2020.
Where can you find out more? The Clinical Excellence Queensland (CEQ) website is your one stop shop for clinical resources regarding sepsis, including evidence based resources: