Around the world, 1,400 people die daily from sepsis, and that number is expected to grow at a rate of 1.5 percent per year. Despite its significant effect on people on a global scale, not too much is known about diagnosing and surviving sepsis. In order to address this deadly problem, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement have teamed up to achieve a 25 percent reduction in sepsis mortality by 2009.
The Surviving Sepsis Campaign is the first initiative of its kind to bring together three leading professional organizations in the field of sepsis, including the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the International Sepsis Forum. The international collaborative effort is meant to improve the treatment of sepsis, thus increasing the chances of surviving sepsis. With there being such a high incidence of sepsis, even minimally appearing improvements in sepsis diagnoses and treatment can dramatically affect the number of surviving sepsis patients.
Because of the difficulty in recognizing sepsis since the disease process is "rather diffuse in how it involves the body," Phillip Dellinger, one of the authors, believes it is a "disease that is not as easy to put your finger on, so it has not received the appropriate amount of attention." Despite the difficulties, the campaign's authors hope putting the guideline's tools into practice, which were released in February 2004, can prevent the half a million sepsis-related deaths worldwide from continuing to remain stubbornly high.
The goal to reduce sepsis mortality by 25 percent has the potential for 50,000 more people in the United States every year to say they are surviving sepsis. On a larger scale, the 25 percent reduction would allow 1,100,000 people worldwide to say they are surviving sepsis every year.
Before a larger number of patients are able to better increase their chances of surviving sepsis, doctors must be able to identify the subtle presentations and manifestation of sepsis that have so far been difficult for clinicians to catch. Dellinger thinks that medical schools are not preparing residents in the early recognition of sepsis, while even seasoned physicians are not always certain about it. Surviving sepsis, according to the recommendations, requires more aggressive recognition and diagnosis of sepsis in all hospital departments.
Sepsis is now the tenth leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors hope doctors, governments, and health agencies worldwide embrace the first-ever sepsis treatment guidelines and that they will help increase the number of surviving sepsis patients.
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