The Global Sepsis Alliance Proudly Announces the Winners of the Global Sepsis Awards 2018

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The Global Sepsis Awards, which are sponsored by the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation and the Global Sepsis Alliance, honor outstanding efforts to increase sepsis awareness and raise the quality of sepsis prevention and management. The awards distinguish three categories of contestants, namely governments, organizations and individuals, consistent with the aims of the World Sepsis Declaration and World Sepsis Day Movement.


The winners in category I (Governments and healthcare authorities): The Ministry of Health - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Centers of Diseases Control and Prevention – United States of America.

The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia is awarded for its efforts to improve sepsis care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by a national strategy following the requests set out in the WHO/WHA Resolution: “Improving the Prevention, Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Sepsis”. These efforts included:

- Conduct of multiple workshops and meetings to identify the problem and increase awareness among healthcare workers.

- Introduction of sepsis bundles as quality indicators into the ministries of health clinical audit program.

- Integration of sepsis key performance indicators as part of the hospital performance measures.

- Development of an extensive  report with external advice to document and guide the process  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) are awarded for their outstanding programs and activities which were developed over the last four years in collaboration with patient advocate groups and sepsis experts from U.S. These efforts resulted in:

- Epidemiologic studies that improved the understanding of the true medical, human and financial burden of sepsis in the US. The results are used by the US Department of Health to develop and undertake respective action in the context of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) program designed to save lives and protect Americans.

- The development and provision of excellent educational materials on the CDC website for lay people and health care workers to raise awareness of the early signs of sepsis and inform about the sepsis aftermaths

- The development of a toolkit which can be used to plan and conduct successful quality improvement initiatives on sepsis recognition and management in US hospitals .   


The winners in category II (Non-governmental organizations, patient advocate groups or healthcare provider groups): The Sepsis Alliance and the Fundación Sepsis México

The Sepsis Alliance (SA) is the leading Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) on sepsis operating in the United States today. The SA was founded in 2007 by Dr. Carl Flatley after the tragic and unnecessary loss of his 23-year old daughter, Erin, from sepsis.  The SA is an unceasing and committed leader in the fight to put sepsis in the spotlight and raise public awareness as well as citizen concern under the motto “So more survive”. The numerous initiatives included the following outstanding activities:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

- Being part of the visionary team that put forward the successful blueprint for a Global Sepsis Alliance in 2010.                                                                                       

- Launch of the first Sepsis Awareness Month in 2011 and creation of the national Sepsis Heroes program and gala in 2012.                                                                                   

- Collaborative work across borders with government agencies, health care providers, other advocacy groups, patient groups, survivors and their loved ones.                                                                                                                                                                                  

The Fundación Sepsis México under the leadership Luis Antonio Gorordo Delsol became the driving force for the World Sepsis Day movement in Mexico and Central America. This is evidenced by activities such as:

- The translation and dissemination of World Sepsis Day promotional materials and infographics into Spanish.

- "Fundación Sepsis México" also facilitated the dialogue and cooperation between the national medical professional societies whose involvement and collaboration is key to foster the quality of sepsis management in Mexico.                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Since 2016, the chair of the "Fundación Sepsis México" collaborated with Mexican Health authorities and the Global Sepsis Alliance in the development of the improved version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD – 11 draft) of the WHO to ensure that sepsis is adequately diagnosed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The awardees in the category III (Individual Nominees) are Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud (Canada), Dr. Stephen Macdonald (Australia) and Team Sue (USA)

Dr. Fox-Robichaud was awarded for the following achievements:

- Leading the development and the implementation of the “Sepsis Module” which is an interprofessional and simulation-based training initiative geared towards increasing the capacity of healthcare teams in Hamilton (Canada) to manage sepsis from multiple vantages.

- Guiding  the development, implementation and evaluation of the Hamilton Early Warning Score (HEWS) over the past 8 years. This digital, real-time, monitoring system detects early signs of sepsis or diminishing health and alerts the patient's care team so that they can quickly intervene.                                                                                             

- Heading the Team Sepsis: Bench to Bedside, a strategic initiative at Hamilton Health Sciences which takes laboratory techniques and integrates them into routine clinical care.                                                                                                                                                                         

Dr Macdonald was awarded for the following activities:

- His engagement as specialist emergency physician in the context of a National Sepsis Forum hosted by the Australian Sepsis Network and the George Institute for Global Health aimed to raise community/professional awareness of sepsis and harmonize clinical and research priorities across Australia. This exercise resulted in a health policy report entitled Stopping Sepsis: A National Action Plan.

- His leading role in designing and conducting landmark clinical trials which have improved our understanding of the place of fluids and vasopressors in sepsis.                                                                                                                                                                          

 TeamSue was awarded for the following activities:

- Sue is a sepsis survivor. Sue has shown unwavering courage, determination and resiliency in the face of catastrophic injuries from her illness. 

- She has mentored other amputees, participated in adventure activities to raise sepsis and limb loss awareness such as skydiving.

- TeamSue has shared their story at hospitals and healthcare systems in Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Nevada, New Jersey and Arizona as it seeks to raise sepsis awareness and educate people on this devastating illness.    

- Team Sue has published all activities in the fight against sepsis on its own homepage:                                                                                      



Helen Reinke