World Sepsis Day 2022

World Sepsis Day is held annually on 13 September and is an initiative of the Global Sepsis Alliance.

The CEC focus for World Sepsis Day 2022 is supporting the implementation of the newly released national Sepsis Clinical Care Standard in NSW healthcare facilities.

The Sepsis Clinical Care Standard provides guidance on best-practice sepsis care to reduce the risk of death or long-term physical, psychological or cognitive issues after discharge from hospital.

There are seven Quality Statements that include timely recognition of sepsis, early and appropriate antimicrobial therapy, and continuity of care from the acute setting through to discharge and survivorship. Clinical Indicators are available for local quality improvement.

Sepsis is a time critical medical emergency. NSW has been a leader in sepsis care improvement since 2011 and has significantly improved the initial recognition and management of sepsis (Quality Statements 1-3).

In NSW we ask, 'Could it be sepsis?' when a patient with suspected or known infection is deteriorating or not responding to treatment.

The new standard provides opportunities for NSW to improve coordination of care, communication and support for individual patients with sepsis throughout their hospital stay and further care (Quality Statements 4-7).

These improvements will bring significant benefits to patients, carers and families across NSW.

How can you make a difference?

There are several ways that you can raise awareness about World Sepsis Day in 2022.

If you would like to discuss your upcoming World Sepsis Day plans or have any questions, email us cec-sepsis@health.nsw.gov.au.

The CEC has worked collaboratively with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) in the development and rollout of the National Sepsis Program.

The National Sepsis Program aims to improve outcomes for people with sepsis in Australia by improving recognition in all healthcare settings, ensuring clinicians have access to nationally agreed clinical guidance and strengthening the comprehensive care planning process for survivors.

Further information

Find further information on World Sepsis Day and national and international sepsis programs.