13. Sep 2023
Contracting sepsis has a tremendous impact on a person’s life and many surviving patients suffer from the long-term consequences for the rest of their lives, comprising physical, mental and cognitive impairment.
To raise awareness about sepsis and to encourage engagement into measures that prevent and control it, we want to contribute by sharing some facts and knowledge around sepsis (and our schülke product portfolio) with you.
Sepsis is commonly referred to as „blood poisoning”. It is a life-threatening condition that arises when in combatting an infection, the immune system damages the person’s organs and tissue. This in turn can lead to organ failure and ultimately death.
Bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites are the most common microorganisms that cause sepsis and among them Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp. and Neisseria meningitidis are the most common pathogens.
Sepsis may also be caused by infections with seasonal influenza viruses, dengue viruses, and highly transmissible pathogens of public health concern, such as avian and swine influenza viruses, Ebola, and yellow fever viruses.
Sepsis is often a result of worsening and preventable infections, such as those of the respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary tract, or of wounds and skin.
These symptoms are frequently confused with other conditions in the early stages which is why sepsis is frequently under-diagnosed when still reversible!
The best way to prevent sepsis is to prevent infection in the first place, which can be done by for example:
1 Rudd KE et al., Global, regional, and national sepsis incidence and mortality, 1990-2017: analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study. Lancet 2020, 395(10219):200-11
2 WHO, Global report on infection prevention and control, 2022
3 Sepsis — European Sepsis Alliance
4 WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care, 2009