February 21, 2021
The Patient Safety Action Alliance (APS), the Sepsis Foundation, the German Sepsis Aid, the Sepsis Dialog of the University Medicine Greifswald and the Association of Substitute Funds e. V. (vdek) initiated the awareness campaign “Germany recognizes sepsis”.
The aim is to educate people about the dangers of sepsis (also known as “blood poisoning”) and to make the typical warning signs better known to the general public and medical staff.
Sepsis is a life-threatening emergency like a stroke or heart attack that can affect anyone and is often recognized too late. Every year around 75,000 people in Germany die of sepsis, and survivors often suffer severe consequential damage. 15,000 to 20,000 deaths per year as well as many long-term effects – from amputations to chronic exhaustion and depression – are considered avoidable.
The re you will find numerous information materials on sepsis, the typical warning signs and the rules of conduct in an emergency. In addition, a campaign logo, a flyer, poster and the educational film “Sepsis: Gönn dem Tod ne break” were developed, which is to be disseminated via social media.
Recognizing critical signs can save lives
“With our joint information initiative, we want to educate as many people as possible about the topic. Because sepsis usually does not develop in the hospital, but in everyday life situations.
The refore everyone should be able to recognize the critical signs and ask the crucial first question: could it be sepsis? This question can save lives, ”explained Dr. Ruth Hecker, Chairwoman of the APS. She calls for this: “Find out more! And support the campaign, especially by sharing the information and participating yourself. ”
The se are depressingly high numbers that show how urgently something needs to be done. Detecting sepsis earlier would not only avoid a lot of personal suffering. In addition, unnecessary costs that are borne by the contributors would be avoided. For these reasons we support the campaign ‘Germany recognizes sepsis’.
Vaccination can protect against sepsis
Prof. Dr. Konrad Reinhart, chairman of the board of the German Sepsis Foundation, warned against taking severe infections lightly: “Almost every infectious disease and almost every pathogen can lead to sepsis, including flu and Covid-19. Many lives could be saved through the prevention of infections, vaccinations, for example against the flu, better hygiene at home and in clinics, early detection and treatment as an emergency. ”
Regular screening of risk patients in the hospital
Dr. Matthias Gründling, head of the Sepsis Dialogue at the University Medicine Greifswald, called for comprehensive, continuous sepsis training for medical staff in all sectors of the health care system. Standards would have to be established in the hospital sector. “
The regular screening of high-risk patients, such as B. People with typical flu symptoms, for example in the emergency room, is very helpful. We consider blood culture diagnostics available around the clock, the processes of which must be coordinated with the time-critical process of sepsis, to be indispensable for sepsis diagnostics. That should become standard in all clinics. ”
“Every minute counts”
Arne Trumann, 2nd deputy chairman of Sepsis Help and himself suffered from sepsis, appealed to the population, doctors and nurses to inform themselves well about sepsis, to take warning signals seriously and, if in doubt, not to let up with doctors or to contact the emergency doctor call. “
The consequences of sepsis detected too late are devastating for the patient and their health and shouldn’t be. To have survived is a gift that too many people do not receive. But the long-term effects of sepsis can also be very serious. It is all the more important that everyone knows that sepsis is an emergency like a heart attack or stroke. Every minute counts. ”
The campaign partners have put together a paper with four demands for better sepsis care, which you can find here.
Campaign page: www.deutschland-erkennt-sepsis.de
Educational film “Gönn dem Tod ne break”: https://www.deutschland-erkennt-sepsis.de/news/goenn-dem-tod-ne-pause