Sepsis Initiative

Sepsis Initiative is WFPICCS effort to raise awareness about Sepsis – one of the most common but least-recognized illnesses in both developed and developing countries. Our current project is the World Sepsis Day.

What is Sepsis?

sepsis fact 4Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if not recognized early and treated promptly. Sepsis remains the primary cause of death from infection despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics, and acute care with hospital mortality rates between 30 and 60%.

Do you know?

That Sepsis is one of the most common diseases but sepsis researches receive the lowest funding.

SEPSIS factsepsis fact 3That Sepsis is a medical emergency: without timely interventions, the patient survival rate falls dramatically to 0% within  36 hours.  Early sepsis treatment is cost effective, reducing hospital and Critical Care bed days for patients. Unfortunately, sepsis is still mostly overlooked and recognized too late.

wrThat the incidence of Sepsis is increasing dramatically due to the ageing population and despite the advantages of modern medicine including vaccines, antibiotics and intensive care. Hospitalizations for sepsis have more than doubled over the last 10 years. International and national surveys indicate that 20-40% of sepsis patients that require treatment in the intensive care unit developed sepsis outside the hospital.  The incidence of sepsis developing after surgery trebled.

To learn more download the Sepsis Fact Sheet



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Sepsis Initiative Chairs

Niranjan Kissoon, MD

Acute and Critical Care MedicineBritish Columbia’s Children’s HospitalDepartment of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia

Joseph Carcillo, MD

University of Pittsburgh Physicians Department of Critical Care Medicine Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Sepsis Initiative Committee members
Sepsis Initiative Ambassadors