What is Sepsis?
Inspired by Korina Valentine’s Story we are passionate about educating and promoting Sepsis to the public and medical professionals. Sepsis is the life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, failure of multiple organs, and death. Organ failure and death are more likely if sepsis is not recognised early and not treated promptly. Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection around the world and contributes to or causes between a third and a half of all deaths occurring in hospitals in the USA. Despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines, antibiotics, and acute care, millions of people around the world die of sepsis every year. Sepsis is a condition that is responsible for or contributes to up to half of all deaths occurring in hospital. Sepsis causes at least 3000 deaths in Australia each year yet few people have heard of sepsis. Sepsis is a serious illness that is very difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. Patients who develop sepsis have an increased risk of complications and death and face higher healthcare costs and longer treatment often left with a lifelong disability.
There is no single sign or symptom of sepsis. It is, rather, a combination of symptoms. Since sepsis is the result of an infection, symptoms can include infection signs (diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, etc.) as well as ANY of the symptoms below.
NSW Health Run Program
The SEPSIS KILLS program aims to reduce preventable harm to patients through improved recognition and management of severe infection and sepsis in emergency departments and inpatient wards throughout NSW. For more information go to:
Australian Sepsis Network
The Australian Sepsis Network is a network of individuals and supporting organisations who are working to improve outcomes for Australian patients with sepsis and their loved ones. Please see their website to learn more about Sepsis.
Download a Sepsis Awareness poster to increase awareness.
Sepsis Awareness Video
How can you help?
We hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year and also accept donations.