The GSA Welcomes Baxter as the Newest Sponsor of World Sepsis Day

Today, the Global Sepsis Alliance is excited to welcome Baxter as the newest sponsor of World Sepsis Day.

A global leader in acute care and multi-organ support therapies, Baxter is at the forefront of advancing new technologies and revolutionizing treatment for critically ill patients around the world. One advancement is Baxter’s commitment to delivering new therapies in continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) and sepsis management options. Today, Baxter offers a set for blood purification able to perform CRRT and remove cytokines and endotoxins at the same time. 

Every day, millions of patients and caregivers rely on Baxter’s leading portfolio of critical care, nutrition, renal, hospital, and surgical  products. For more than 85 years, they have been operating at the critical intersection where innovations that save and sustain lives meet the healthcare providers that make it happen. With products, technologies, and therapies available in more than 100 countries, Baxter’s employees worldwide are now building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of transformative healthcare innovations. 

Patients in the ICU can face serious complications, like sepsis, that lack proven effective treatments – which is why Baxter is committed to furthering innovation in critical care and advancing options for patients in the ICU. We are proud to sponsor World Sepsis Day and be a part of the global discussion around this life-threatening condition.

We thank Baxter for becoming a sponsor of World Sepsis Day and look forward to working together. 

Marvin Zick
World Sepsis Day 2018 Only One Month Away – Inspiration, Ideas, Material, and the 2018 WSD Event Poster

Today is August 13th, meaning the 7th World Sepsis Day is only one short month away! Below, we have collected some ideas and inspiration for you to host the perfect WSD event on September 13th, along with materials and instructions how to be featured on the 2018 WSD Event Poster.



Please go to the toolkit section - you will find everything you are looking for, and more. If there is something missing, or you have ideas for additional material, please get in touch. We are currently refreshing the infographics, updating the content and giving them a new look. The new infographics will be released in September, shortly before World Sepsis Day.

Please visit our shop for ordering WSD articles for your special World Sepsis Day event.


The 2018 WSD Event Poster

Like every year, we will once again feature all events held for World Sepsis Day on the 2018 WSD Event Poster - so make sure to take some pictures! On September 14th, we will have a form ready for you to upload your pictures and descriptions of your event, together with a deadline for submission. After we have created the poster, you will be able to download it, print it yourself, as well as to order printed copies.


Inspirations and Ideas for World Sepsis Day 2018



  • Set up sepsis awareness stalls for staff with sepsis quizzes and sepsis exhibitions in the entrance area of your institution/hospital
  • Offer special educational sepsis trainings for staff around World Sepsis Day
  • Public viewing/streaming of the 2nd World Sepsis Congress on September 5th and 6th, 2018 as an educational program for physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, and even patients
  • Organize conferences, symposia, round-table discussions, etc.
  • Show the "What Is Sepsis? - sepsis explained in 3 minutes" - video at your event (English /// Spanish /// Italian  /// Turkish /// German /// French and Portuguese coming soon)
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  • Sport events are a great opportunity for people to watch or participate, even spontaneously. Organize a sport event like a city marathon, a bicycle tour, a volleyball tournament, a sepsis team run, a zumba event, or another sport activity - possibilities are endless. Hand out information leaflets along the way. Make sure lots of people see you, for example by planning the route through a town square, or similar.
  • Organize a family afternoon, together with sepsis survivors, if possible. Set up stalls and decorate the area to attract people. Think about having some music or performers and something fun for the kids like face-painting or sepsis-related handicraft work.
  • Organize a sepsis photo exhibition, collecting photographs of activities in the fight against sepsis, for example academic, cultural or governmental events or sepsis patient stories. You can take inspiration from the one from our friend and supporter Luis Gorordo Delsol from the Juarez Hospital in Mexico for World Sepsis Day 2017.
  • Set up a pink picnic. Pink Picnics are social events where pink is used to signify relation to World Sepsis Day. This can include pink salads or cupcakes, BBQ treats, beverages, plates, other table decor...and whatever you can think of! Use pink balloons for decoration. See our toolkits for both event and pink picnic material.
  • Organize a Gala Event or a special dinner - this is a glamorous opportunity to raise awareness for sepsis in your network, including for fundraising. For example, check out the Sepsis Heroes Gala Event by the Sepsis Alliance.

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Show Your Support on Your Website, Social Media Presence, or Email signature:

  • Embed the "What Is Sepsis? - sepsis explained in 3 minutes"-video on your website and/or share it on social media (English /// Spanish /// Italian /// Turkish /// German /// French and Portuguese coming soon)
  • Share the new WSD Infographics on social media, on your website, or send them directly to colleagues - the infographics are currently being updated and will be available September 2018 (before WSD).
  • Tweet about or at World Sepsis Day, using the hashtag #wsd18, #WorldSepsisDay, #stopsepsis, or #savelives
  • Share a WSD infographic on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page or story, or put up a post mentioning @WorldSepsisDay
  • Temporarily add a pink banner or a button to your website, or set up a microsite informing your visitors about WSD
  • Temporarily add ‘September 13 is World Sepsis Day – Stop Sepsis, Save Lives’ to your email signature
  • Organize a Twitter chat, a webinar, a Reddit AMA, a Facebook Live, or a Periscope


World Sepsis Day is held on September 13th every year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against sepsis. Sepsis accounts for at least 8 million deaths worldwide annually. Yet, depending on country and education, sepsis is known only to 7 – 50 % of the people. Likewise, it is poorly known that sepsis can be prevented by vaccination and clean care and that early recognition and treatment reduces sepsis mortality by 50 %. This lack of knowledge makes sepsis the number one preventable cause of death worldwide.



World Sepsis Day is a favorable moment to increase public awareness for this poorly acknowledged health care disaster, but also to show support and solidarity with the millions of people who lost their loved ones, or, as sepsis survivors, suffer from long-term consequences of sepsis. World Sepsis Day is a great opportunity to remind the public, media, national, and international healthcare authorities, healthcare providers, and healthcare workers, policy makers, and the governments that there is an urgent need to increase and improve education on the facility, regional, national, and international level. The easiest way to support World Sepsis Day: Share the link for signing the World Sepsis Declaration with your colleagues, families, friends, and everyone that should be informed about sepsis.


We wish you good luck in preparing your World Sepsis Day event and thank you for your valuable contribution in the fight against sepsis!

If you couldn't find what you were looking for, please get in touch

Marvin Zick
What Is Sepsis? (Sepsis Explained in 3 Minutes) Now Available in Turkish - Sepsis Nedir?

Our video 'What Is Sepsis? (sepsis explained in 3 minutes)' is now available in Turkish, easily explaining what sepsis is, and how to identify and treat it. Please share it with your loved ones - especially your Turkish speaking friends - it could save their lives!
A special thanks to everybody who helped translating this video - more languages will follow over the course of the summer.
The original English version, as well as the Spanish and Italian versions are embedded below as well.


To share these videos, please use these links:





If you are interested in the file, for example for offline playback at a local event, please get in touch

Marvin Zick
2nd World Sepsis Congress Only One Month Away

In exactly one month, on September 5th and 6th, the 2nd World Sepsis Congress will start - have you signed up yet?
Participation is free of charge and only requires a short registration here as well as an internet connection. 
Over the course of two days and 17 sessions, over 100 renowned experts from all around the world will give presentations on all aspects of sepsis, including a panel discussion with sepsis survivors, national and global awareness strategies, evidence-based treatment, the newest research, and much, much more. 
The congress will be held in English and you can participate live from wherever you are.

Marvin Zick
Rory's Regulations: Association Between the New York Sepsis Care Mandate and In-Hospital Mortality for Pediatric Sepsis

In 2012, Rory Staunton, a 12-year-old from New York City, tragically died after developing sepsis from a seemingly innocent scrape to his arm during basketball practice. Many believe his death could have been prevented if his case of sepsis had been recognized and treated earlier.

His parents, Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton, turned their grief into action, founding the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

In 2013, New York State issued a statewide mandate for all hospitals to develop protocols for sepsis recognition and treatment, dubbed ‘Rory’s Regulations’.

In April 2017, the New York Times featured an article with data from the New York State Department of Health, saying that Rory’s Regulations have saved close to 5,000 New Yorkers so far. However, this analysis looked at adult patients with sepsis.

Now, researchers have analyzed how children with sepsis fared in hospitals in New York State. The study, published this Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that children who had received recommended treatment within 60 minutes were more likely to survive the medical emergency known as sepsis. According to the study, which included 1,200 New York State children, completion of the sepsis protocol within one hour was associated with nearly one-third lower risk of death. The effect of completing any given part of the protocol within an hour – for example, giving fluids but not testing for infection or giving antibiotics – did not significantly change the risk of death, the researchers noted, suggesting the greatest benefit comes from accomplishing the entire bundle quickly.

The study has its limitations. In particular, sepsis had to be recognized to even get into the dataset – although recognition of sepsis in the first place might be more important than the rapid treatment of sepsis when it is recognized. It’s also possible that the patients who were treated faster were already more likely to survive - maybe that’s what it made it easier for doctors and nurses to diagnose their sepsis earlier.

Nevertheless, this study is incredibly encouraging. It adds to a growing number of studies finding that early sepsis treatment is beneficial, and importantly extends these findings to children. It is widely accepted that rapid sepsis recognition and treatment saves lives, and after all, no child should die from a treatable infection.


Learn more about sepsis

Marvin Zick
Interdisciplinary Sepsis Symposium in Chicago on September 10th and 11th, 2018
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On September 10th and 11th, the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, in partnership with OSF Healthcare, the University of Chicago Medicine, the Illinois Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, and the Carle Foundation, are hosting the Interdisciplinary Sepsis Symposium.

Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals in the United States, the leading cause of readmission, and the most expensive hospital condition. More people die from sepsis every year than deaths due to prostate cancer, breast cancer, and HIV all combined together.

This symposium focuses on bringing many sepsis researchers from different disciplines together with funding government agencies, government leaders, and funding foundations. The goals are

  1. To provide the audience with a one stop shop to learn about the latest sepsis research, government initiatives, and funding opportunities
  2. To enable sepsis experts and government agencies/funding foundations to start to develop a plan to innovatively improve sepsis care over the next two decades.

Three of the top five sepsis researchers in the entire world are giving keynote talks (Jean-Louis Vincent, Derek Angus, and Richard Hotchkiss). 18 other sepsis speakers from six different areas will also be giving talks – clinical, big data, novel devices, immunology, education/training, and biomarkers. In addition representatives from CMS, the CDC, BARDA, NIGMS, NIAID, NHLBI, and various funding foundations will be attending.

Marvin Zick
2nd African Sepsis Symposium in Kenya in October
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On October 4th, 2018, the African Sepsis Alliance will hold the 2nd African Sepsis Symposium in Diani, Kenya, in collaboration with the African Federation of Critical Care Nurses and the Global Sepsis Alliance. The African Sepsis Alliance is a collaboration of over 15 African countries and international professional bodies working together to prevent sepsis and improve care in Africa. Everybody in Africa has a right to survive sepsis and we provide leadership to reduce mortality and suffering for sepsis in Africa. Africa bears a disproportionate burden of preventable deaths from sepsis globally.

Over 400 local and international experts, healthcare workers, and policy makers are expected to attend the symposium in Diani. Participants will review and discuss sepsis prevention, recognition, and management efforts in Africa. This years’ multidisciplinary symposium will focus on paediatric sepsis, antimicrobial resistance, and stewardship. The Kenya Sepsis Alliance will also be launched at the event. The exciting conference program can be found below. If you would like to attend or join our growing list of prestigious sponsors for the symposium, please contact Wangari Siika, Chair of the local organizing committee, or Emmanuel Nsutebu, Chair of the African Sepsis Alliance. Please join us and help make a difference in Africa!

Marvin Zick
How I Survived Sepsis to Fight for Others
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I gave birth to our daughter in Sept 2014. Apart from the usual challenges of a new baby, everything was going well. Our little family of three was living life to the fullest and life was good. Then, ten months later, in July 2015, our world turned upside down. I had been suffering a recurring sore throat for months. I thought I was just run down being a new mum and didn’t think much of it. Little did I know a storm was brewing inside me.

In the early hours of July 12th, 2015, I was settling our daughter after she’d woken. As I left her room I banged my elbow quite hard but gave it a rub and went back to bed. An hour or so later, I awoke to golf ball size swelling on my elbow and extreme pain but no wound. Within two hours I was shivering uncontrollably and rocking back and forth screaming for my husband to take me to hospital. It was very early on a Sunday morning and my husband was barely awake as he got our ten-month-old daughter ready and helped me dress. I felt sicker than I’d ever felt before. We only lived a few kilometers from our local hospital. As we drove there I remember saying to my husband “I know this sounds silly but even though we’re close to the hospital, I feel like I should be in an ambulance”.

I spent about twelve hours in the emergency department with staff checking me for a dislocated elbow and various other things. It felt like no one knew what was wrong. I experienced many puzzled looks and pondering stares from the doctors. After a few hours with the redness around the swelling growing, I was given IV antibiotics. After more recently reviewing my records I can see they were not broad-spectrum (broad-spectrum antibiotics are usually administered in sepsis cases when the herd of the infection is still unclear). My heart rate kept increasing and my blood pressure was dropping – both signs of sepsis, as I learned only afterwards. After about four hours, I was given an ECG. Afterwards the doctor asked, “did you have a bad heart as a child?”. I explained that I had been generally healthy my whole life. Shortly after this I was reviewed again and my IV antibiotics were then changed to a different kind which I believe were broad spectrum. Mid-afternoon an orthopedic surgeon came to review me. He drew some fluid from my elbow and advised it was bursitis with an infection present that needed to be “washed out” in surgery the following day. I was told to wait in the emergency room while they found a bed for me in a ward. I remember feeling distressed throughout the day, but my anxiety was somewhat subdued by the strong pain relief I had been given. After reassuring my husband I would be okay, he and our daughter left late that afternoon. My heart rate continued to be above 130bpm, I was still experiencing rigors and my blood pressure progressively continued to drop. At about 6pm, I was checked by someone from ICU who gave me the all clear to be sent to the ward with a note for my blood pressure to continue to be monitored. At this point, my anxiety was heightened again. I just felt a sense of dread and fear but not wanting to be difficult or create a fuss I said nothing. I ate dinner in the emergency department before being moved to the ward around 7pm.

Upon arrival in the ward my blood pressure was routinely checked. It had hit 60/40. The nurse advised she needed to call a team from ICU as I was in septic shock. That nurse named Monique saved my life. I haven’t seen her again since but will never forget her.

While I was prepped for emergency surgery, a phone was put to my ear and I was asked to quickly speak to my husband. I can’t remember what I said but my husband tells me I seemed very calm given he’d just been told by one of the doctors I was in ICU and about to have emergency surgery. Apparently, I reassured him and said to stay home with our daughter and to visit me in the morning. I then signed forms to agree to the surgery. Shortly after that, I remember the ICU team explaining that I was very, very sick and this was very serious. It then hit me: I might not even wake up from the surgery. I began to panic but then a sudden calm came over me. I told myself there’s nothing I can do. If I wake up I am going to fight and will make it. I surrendered and let the ICU team do what they could to save me.

I woke up in the early hours of the following morning on a ventilator. I moaned screams and was breathing around the tube begging for it to be taken out. I knew I was alive and I was ready to continue my fight.

I spent three days in the ICU on broad-spectrum antibiotics. After a brief scare of possible necrotizing fasciitis (that was thankfully just cellulitis), it was confirmed on the third day that my infection was Group A Streptococcus. My antibiotics were then more targeted, and I spent a further three days in high dependency (that included a diagnosis of hospital-acquired pneumonia) and then several more days in a ward.

I was discharged from the hospital with a letter for my GP for follow-up. The main focus of this follow-up was to have a chest x-ray three months post my pneumonia diagnosis. That was it. I had been reviewed. My infected arm was healing. I might feel a bit run down after suffering pneumonia but essentially, I just needed to finish my course of oral antibiotics and life should get back to normal, right?

It took me three months to feel remotely normal. My initial side effects were memory loss and brain fog, weakened immune system, fever and chills (I felt like I had a broken thermostat). My biggest challenge was explaining to family, friends and colleagues how an “infected arm” was causing so many other issues. I felt guilty that I couldn’t return to work sooner and in the end, I probably went back too quickly. My suffering was invisible, and I felt I had nowhere to turn for support.

After a few months I was feeling terribly lost and alone. Why wasn’t I feeling better? What’s wrong with my brain? Why can’t I remember the name of things or what I was doing two minutes ago? Why is my hair falling out in parts? Why am I so exhausted? Why am I terrified that it will all happen again or someone I care about will get as sick as l did? I had been doing a good job putting on a brave face, but I needed to do something as I didn’t know how much more I could take. I needed answers. I decided to read my discharge notes to look for clues. There, staring at me in the first sentence were those two words that Monique the nurse had uttered before she called ICU; septic shock. I had no idea what that was or what it meant. It certainly wasn’t explained to me in hospital or by my GP. When I researched septic shock, I discovered the word sepsis. It was the first time I had ever heard that term. Reading about sepsis and septic shock and post-sepsis syndrome I suddenly realized how sick I had been and why I was still feeling like I did. I’m so grateful for the websites provided by the GSA, the Sepsis Alliance, and the UK Sepsis Trust. They saved me from a dark lonely place and helped guide me towards the beginning of my journey to become an advocate for sepsis.

Eventually I discovered the website of the Australian Sepsis Network and made contact. They are doing an excellent job being a voice for sepsis in Australia and have been a great resource and support for me. I also joined many of the sepsis support groups on Facebook which have also been a wonderful support that I know I can turn to any time of day. Inspired by these groups, in January 2017, I created the Australia and New Zealand Sepsis Support Group. I’m also very active on Twitter. Later in 2017, I was invited by the Australian Sepsis Network to participate in their inaugural round table as a consumer representative. I’m very proud of everyone that participated and contributed to the report, Stopping Sepsis: A National Action Plan. I’m waiting with hope and anticipation that the Australian Government will adopt the recommendations of this report which will see much needed improvements to ease the health and economic burden of sepsis in our country.

Going forward, my hope is to see countries around the world adopt the recommendations from the May 2017 World Health Organization Resolution on Sepsis. It is imperative that sepsis protocols are mandated across healthcare systems to ensure rapid detection and treatment of sepsis. I hope to see improved education and awareness amongst both healthcare professionals and the general public. I’d also like to see improved support for those that experience sepsis and their families – both while in hospital and post sepsis.

Three years on from my experience with septic shock I still suffer from cognitive issues and anxiety. It’s hard on my husband who is a constant support – particularly when I find it hard to cope when our daughter or others I care about get sick. He is patient when I’m constantly checking temperatures or heart rates. My family, friends, and colleagues are regularly reminded of the importance of sepsis awareness and know how passionate I am about it. I’m grateful to them for their patience but mostly for their support. Every opportunity I have to create sepsis awareness could be an opportunity to save a life.

Through my involvement with sepsis advocacy I have met many wonderful people yet heard many heart-breaking stories. The ones I particularly cannot accept are the lives lost or lasting disabilities survivors are left with, especially when it has happened to children. Hearing these stories and knowing there is still much work to be done to improve the outcomes for sepsis fuels a fire in my belly that I don’t think will ever go out. I get involved wherever I can to help create awareness and hope to do so much more. As much as I regret my experience with sepsis, I believe it happened for a reason. I now have an obligation to fight sepsis for others, and I will, just as I fought for myself.

The article above was written by Fiona Gray and is shared here with her explicit consent. The views in the article do not necessarily represent those of the Global Sepsis Alliance. They are not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The whole team here at the GSA & World Sepsis Day wishes to thank Fiona and her family for sharing her story and for fighting to raise awareness of sepsis.

To help us avoid similar stories in the future, please consider donating to support our cause. Thank you.

Marvin Zick