It's in your hands: Sepsis and the World Health Organisation


On May 5th, the World Health Organisation hosted World Sepsis Day: a day designated to discuss Sepsis and to raise awareness. 

Sepsis is a life-threatening infection which poisons the blood and damages bodily tissues.  It affects more than 30 million people annually. Additionally, neonatal Sepsis causes around half a million newborn deaths each year. One of the main causes of Sepsis is that it develops as a result of avoidable infections in healthcare settings; According to WHO (2011), Sepsis from surgical procedures accounts for 30% of all Sepsis cases. Sepsis can also result from multi-drug resistant organisms (frequently known as antibacterial resistance), which can be controlled with proper hygiene practices, such as washing hands. A 2016/17 study by WHO highlighted evidence that effective hand hygiene resulted in a significantly better ability to control microbial infection and transmission.

As of 2018, around 20,000 hospitals and health facilities in 179 countries have demonstrated a clear commitment to hand hygiene by signing up to the WHO Clean Hands Campaign.

Grahame White