World Sepsis Congress (WSC) Spotlight: Sepsis, Pandemics, and Antimicrobial Resistance – Global Health Threats of the 21st Century

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World Sepsis Congress (WSC) Spotlight: Sepsis, Pandemics, and Antimicrobial Resistance – Global Health Threats of the 21st Century

9 September 2020 @ 08:00 - 17:00

On 9 September 2020, the World Health Organization and the Global Sepsis Alliance will host the ‘WSC Spotlight: Sepsis, Pandemics, and Antimicrobial Resistance – Global Health Threats of the 21st Century’ – for free and completely online.

This free online event aims to review achievements, challenges, and potential solutions to combat the threat of sepsis worldwide.

Recognizing that most deaths from sepsis can be prevented by simple measures of infection prevention, vaccination, clean care, and early recognition, and that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) can jeopardize clinical management of sepsis, the Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a Resolution on Sepsis in 2017.

Highlighting the vast scale of sepsis as a global health threat, the ‘Global Burden of Disease Report’ estimated that sepsis, which can be caused by most infectious microorganisms, affected a staggering 48.9 million people and claimed 11 million lives worldwide in 2017. Manifestations of sepsis and septic shock are frequently the final pathway for emerging infectious disease threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent Ebola outbreaks, contributing to the overall global burden of sepsis.

In addition, the steadily growing threat of AMR contributes considerably to the enormous human, medical, and economic burden of infectious diseases. Outbreaks in hospitals of infections with resistant microorganisms are increasingly common…

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