GSA Global Quality Measures Survey Closes March 1st, 2019
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The GSA Global Quality Measures Survey closes March 1st, 2019.

Please participate and encourage your colleagues and institutions, if you haven’t yet.
The survey is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.

Despite a recent resolution by the WHO and increasing worldwide recognition that sepsis poses a major global health threat, our knowledge of what sepsis surveillance, treatment, quality improvement (QI), and reporting practices look like across the world is surprisingly limited and fragmented. As a community of stakeholders from policy makers to healthcare providers, we need to know more about how these programs and practices vary between regions, between patient populations, and between healthcare settings.

The GSA is conducting a global survey, which will operate through 2 arms.
The first arm is a targeted survey that will be distributed to the head of every national government health agency in the UN member states. The second arm is a publicly available survey that is targeted to various healthcare providers, health administrators, and government health officials across the world. We aim for participation that includes every UN member state, from diverse types of healthcare providers, and from diverse patient populations.

The survey begins by clarifying respondents’ roles to ask only the questions that are relevant to them. The following 15-20 questions should take about 7-9 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous, and no data will ever be released in a manner that would allow any specific healthcare institution to be singled out.


Purpose of the Survey

To characterize the current practices related to sepsis surveillance, treatment, quality improvement, and reporting worldwide.


Date Protection and Privacy

All data is s collected through REDCap, a fully encrypted and secure data abstraction platform that has become a global industry standard to maintain both security and privacy for protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) in clinical trials and human subjects research.

This survey does not ask any questions that constitute PHI. The risk of any responses being able to identify individuals or institutions is extremely minimal. Nevertheless, all data is fully encrypted and housed in a secure location. One only individual will directly access raw data for analysis, and all data reports will always presented in aggregate only.


Share the Survey

Please share the survey with your colleagues and other interested parties:

Marvin Zick
Spanish WSD Pocket Cards for Medical Professionals and Laypeople Now Available
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The new World Sepsis Day Pocket Cards are now available in Spanish!

Like in the English Pocket Cards, there are two distinct versions - one for medical professionals and one for laypeople. Both versions cover sepsis in adults, in pregnant women, in children, and in newborns/neonates. In addition to how to spot sepsis in said groups, the pocket cards for medical professionals also include treatment advice.

The pocket cards are optimized for print. The format is 9 cm x 12.7 cm (3.5 x 5 in), like a small printed picture, and perfect to fit in a, well, pocket.

Please support us to make sure the new Spanish pocket cards are widely used in healthcare facilities and beyond - thanks so much, we really can’t do it without you. A special thanks to everyone who contributed to the Spanish pocket cards, especially Luis Antonio Gordordo del Sol, Andres Laserna, and Carlos.

We spent a lot of time and thought on the World Sepsis Day Pocket Cards and sincerely hope you like them. If you do, the best way to show us is by using them and encouraging people to explore our toolkit section. If you don’t like them or have suggestions for improvements, please get in touch.

Marvin Zick
Applications and Nominations for the 2019 GSA Awards Now Open
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Applications and nominations for the 2019 GSA Awards are now open.

The GSA Awards honor major contributions in the fight against sepsis every year and are exclusively sponsored by the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation.
They are granted in three categories:

  1. Governments and Healthcare Authorities

  2. Non-Governmental Organizations, Patient Advocate Groups, or Healthcare Provider Groups

  3. Individual Nominees

In addition to glory, prestige, and a beautiful trophy, winners of category 2 and 3 are awarded with $ 2,500 each.

To make applying or nominating for the 2019 GSA Awards even easier, we redesigned the application process - it is now completely online, faster, clearer on what documents are needed, and even prettier than before. Your thoughts and feedback on the new application process are much appreciated.

The deadline to apply is March 31st, 2019. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, friends, and other interested parties.

Marvin Zick
Video: 5 Keys to Reducing Sepsis, featuring Dr. Ken Rothfield from the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety

In the video embedded above, Dr. Ken Rothfield emphasizes the need for early detection and treatment of sepsis and discusses 5 keys to reducing sepsis. Dr. Rothfield is Chief Medical Officer at Medical City Dallas, which is operated by the Hospital Corporation of America. This video also discusses technologies that may be helpful in detecting and treating sepsis.

Dr. Rothfield is not only a doctor, but he developed sepsis following hernia surgery, giving him the unique perspective of knowing sepsis from the point of view of a doctor as well as a patient.

In the video, Dr. Rothfield discusses 5 keys to reducing sepsis mortality:

  • Be Committed to Early Detection and Treatment of Sepsis

  • Monitor for Sepsis

  • Treat Sepsis Early

  • Work Collaboratively

  • Be Open to Using New Technology

This video has been produced by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS), which is a national advocacy force for addressing patient health and safety priorities that are shared by patients, physicians, regulators, and industry as well as a member of the Global Sepsis Alliance.
Dr. Ken Rothfield is a member of the board of advisors for PPAHS.

Marvin Zick
2nd Annual Meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance in Brussels
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On Monday, March 18th, 2019, the 2nd Annual Meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance will take place in Brussels, Belgium.

The European Sepsis Alliance was founded under the patronage of the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, at our event “Sepsis - A Call to EU Action” in March 2018.

Now, almost a year later, we are inviting you to join us in Brussels once again to report on the progress of the European Sepsis Alliance and to discuss the goals and key targets for 2019 and beyond.

The 2nd Annual Meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance will highlight the human and economic burden of sepsis in Europe, point out that most sepsis deaths and impairments are preventable, foster the implementation of the requests of the WHO Resolution on Sepsis across the European Union, and lay the groundwork to develop a comprehensive Pan-European sepsis strategy.

Event Details:

  • 2nd Annual Meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance

  • Monday, March 18th, 2019 from 15:00 to 19:15h

  • Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union (Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels)

Due to limited seating capacity, please sign up for the event using the button below.
We look forward to jointly accelerate the fight against sepsis in Europe!

Marvin Zick
Invitation to the WSD Supporter Meeting on March 19th at the 39th ISICEM in Brussels, Belgium

We will hold our next WSD Supporter Meeting on March 19th, 2019 at the International Symposium of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. Main topics will be the collaboration with the WHO to roll out the demands of the Resolution on Sepsis, an update on the establishment of regional sepsis alliances, the World Sepsis Congress Spotlight in September, and more. You can download the preliminary agenda below.

If you are in Brussels in March, we encourage you to participate – we are looking forward to connecting with you and hearing your ideas and suggestions to continue to raise awareness for sepsis worldwide.

  • Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

  • 12:30 to 14:15h (lunch break of ISICEM)

  • Meeting Room: 213

  • Snacks will be provided

  • Participation is free of charge and open to everyone

Marvin Zick
2nd WSC – The Most Important Sepsis Research in 2017/2018 (Session 17)

‘The Most Important Sepsis Research in 2017/2018’ - Session 17 from the 2nd World Sepsis Congress - is now available on YouTube (embedded above) and as a Podcast on Apple Podcasts (iTunes link).
It is chaired by Phillip Dellinger from the US and features the following presentations and speakers:

  • Transfusion and Treatment of Severe Anemia in African Children – Kathryn Maitland

  • Alveolar Recruitment for ARDS: The ART Trial – Alexandre Cavalcanti

  • Procalcitonin Antibiotic Consensus Trial (ProACT) – David Huang

  • REMAP CAP – A Platform Trial That Studies Multiple Interventions – Derek Angus

  • Adjunctive Corticosteroids – The ADRENAL Trial – Balasubramanian Venkatesh

  • Making Sense of the Steroid Trials – Simon Finfer

  • The Need for Clinical Sepsis Research in LMICs – Jason Phua

This was the last session of the 2nd World Sepsis Congress - all sessions and presentations are now available on our YouTube Channel, Apple Podcasts, and the congress website.

The 3rd World Sepsis Congress will return in 2020. In the fall of 2019, we will host the WSC Spotlight, shining a spotlight on one particular aspect of sepsis - stay tuned to the GSA or WSD website to learn more…

The 2nd WSC was brought to you free of charge by the Global Sepsis Alliance, fostering our aspiration to bring knowledge about sepsis to all parts of the world. If you enjoyed it or learned something, please consider donating to our cause.

Marvin Zick
Last Chance to Order Printed Copies of the 2018 WSD Event Poster

If you have not yet ordered a printed copy of the 2018 World Sepsis Day Event Poster, please do so soon. Since the posters will be printed next week, the deadline to order a printed copy is Sunday, January 20th, 2019. Please think about the environment before ordering posters. If you need more than three, please understand that it is more efficient to print them yourself.

Up to three posters are shipped to you free of charge, as a token of our appreciation for your support of World Sepsis Day and the global fight against sepsis. After January 20th, the poster will of course remain available to download in both view and print versions.

The WSD Event Poster summarizes hundreds of activities and events that were held this World Sepsis Day to raise awareness for sepsis and is created annually by the Global Sepsis Alliance, initiator of World Sepsis Day, World Sepsis Congress, and more.

Marvin Zick