Fact: Sepsis kills 37,000 a year in the UK alone. This is more than bowel cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It affects all groups of people from infants to the elderly and kills 1 in 3 of those who develop it. Yet, despite all this, sepsis is relatively unknown.
World Sepsis Day 2012: September 13th is the first ever World Sepsis Day, aimed at raising awareness of the disease across the world. Various events are being held across the world to mark the event and also raise awareness of this 'hidden' killer. Sepsis is a severe reaction to a microbial infection that results in an inflammatory response through the whole body. A vast number of sepsis cases follows clinical procedures, putting the onus of healthcare providers to take action to prevent sepsis.
BioMed Central journals Critical Care, Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, BMC Anesthesiology, Scandinavian Journal of Trauma Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials and Virology Journal are all leading the way in making research on sepsis available on a global forum.