Ahead of the first World Sepsis Day, a half-day seminar on this significantly vital subject, was jointly organised by Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) and Indian Medical Association(IMA) on Sunday September 2, 2012. The first World Sepsis Day will be commemorated on September 13, 2012 on the call of Global Sepsis Alliance - a coalition of 250,000 intensive and critical care physicians.
The whole initiative of the alliance started when Dr. Flatley - a devoted family man lost his 23-year-old daughter Erin, a perfectly healthy graduate student, who entered a hospital for elective surgery; and was a victim of sepsis. Since then, Dr. Flatley has made sepsis awareness, early detection, and effective management his personal mission and professional pursuit. He formed the Sepsis Alliance with a mission - to improve survival!
During the workshop in Mumbai, Dr Jani C.K. chairperson of Mumbai branch summarized the objectives of Global Septic Alliance to increase awareness of sepsis, improve management and facility of acute care hospitals, improve survival, rehabilitate patients & provide a platform to share their experience. The emphasis was on improving basic care pathway like administering IV fluids, antibiotics and sampling for culture in the 1st hour of admission.
Sepsis is a global medical emergency. The disease causes more deaths per year than prostate cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. It is one of the most common, least-recognized acute illnesses in both the developed and developing world, yet many people remain unaware of its shocking toll on global health and economy.
During the seminar on Sepsis awareness at IMA Hall, Haji Ali in Mumbai; the proceedings began under the chairpersonship of Dr. Praveen Amin followed by a welcome address by Dr. Narendra Rungta, President - ISCCM followed by several eminent doctors.
During world sepsis day and sepsis awareness month, it is the time, when extra efforts are made to help spread word about sepsis all over India. Every day approximately 1300 patients die all over the world from sepsis. It is a preventable and reversible disease. It occurs in 1-2 % of hospitalised patients and accounts for 25 % of ICU bed utilisation. Patients in Intensive Care Unit spend 6 times more than those patients in ICU who do not have sepsis. It is also a big financial burden.
Dr. Amin Pravin spoke on how to treat these patients appropriately by implementing surviving sepsis guidelines, formed together by many societies of critical care worldwide to improve survival, decrease deaths from sepsis and shorten hospital stay.
Dr Asit Hedge from Hinduja Hospital explained the patho-physiology of sepsis and talked about the inflammatory mediator causing inflammation which is the main reason for tissue damage. Dr Prakash Jindani from Lilavati Hospital elaborated appropriate use of antibiotics to improve outcome. Dr Anuj from Seven Hills Hospital spoke on how selective and properly indicated use of antibiotics can decrease the resistance.
This program was attended by eminent doctors, medical students, paramedical staff and also a few citizens.
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