Sepsis accounts for 1 in five deaths globally: WHO chief

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The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called for action to address sepsis, a leading cause of death worldwide.

Speaking on World Sepsis Day on September 13, Tedros said that sepsis accounts for nearly one in five deaths globally, and 85% of sepsis cases and deaths are in low and middle-income countries.

“We know these deaths can be avoided, through vaccines, rapid diagnostics and timely access to appropriate and effective treatments,” said Tedros. “We call on all countries to take serious action.”

Tedros also announced that WHO will launch new guidelines on sepsis prevention and management next year.

“The challenge we all face now is to turn guidelines into action,” he said. “So we welcome the focus of this year’s World Sepsis Day event on implementing the WHO Sepsis resolution nationally and globally.”

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can develop from any type of infection, including pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and skin infection.

The symptoms of sepsis can vary depending on the underlying infection, but they often include fever, chills, rapid breathing, and confusion.

If sepsis is not treated quickly, it can lead to organ failure and death.

There are a number of things that can be done to prevent sepsis, including:

  • Getting vaccinated against common infections, such as pneumonia and meningitis.
  • Practicing good hygiene, such as washing your hands often.
  • Getting prompt treatment for any infection.

If you think you or someone you know may have sepsis, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

Here are some additional details that you can add to the article:

  • Sepsis is a medical emergency. If you think you or someone you know may have sepsis, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
  • The early signs of sepsis can be difficult to distinguish from other conditions, such as the flu or a cold. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention right away:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Rapid breathing
    • Confusion
    • Seizures
    • Low blood pressure
    • Pale or mottled skin
  • Sepsis can be treated with antibiotics, fluids, and other supportive measures. The sooner treatment is started, the better the chances of survival.
  • Sepsis is a preventable condition. By getting vaccinated against common infections, practicing good hygiene, and getting prompt treatment for any infection, you can help protect yourself from sepsis.

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