Sepsis is a syndrome characterized by multiple organ failure that occurs as a result of the body’s fight against infection becoming uncontrolled and damaging one’s own organs. This syndrome is encountered by intensive care specialists often, however, it is not desirable since it initiates the way that leads to death in many patients and we have to act quickly. According to the data of the World Health Organization, sepsis affects 49 million people and leads to nearly 11 million deaths every year. Disabilities or permanent organ failure may develop in some of the recovered patients.
Sepsis has a vast scale of global health threat and it is one of the leading causes of death, especially in these days of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the data of the World Health Organization, sepsis affects 49 million people and leads to nearly 11 million deaths every year. Disabilities or permanent organ failure may develop in some of the recovered patients. The appropriate approach is essential in diagnosis since the symptoms and findings may seem obscure and it is also important in terms of management since it requires rapid intervention. Early diagnosis, early antibiotic treatment and focus control, proper organ support therapy are the essentials for the sepsis approach. Applying rapid, dynamic and proper treatment methods based on the principle of “first, do no harm”, which has been the core principle of medicine since Hippocratic era and which has also been the essence of intensive care specialty, holds great importance to to reduce both mortality and morbidity.
Undoubtedly, efforts should be made to prevent sepsis before its treatment as with any disease. Community vaccination, hand hygiene, compliance with infection control rules, and good management of the patient’s medical condition are essential steps in preventing sepsis.
The World Health Organization recognized the prevention, recognition and treatment of sepsis as a global priority. Annually, it is celebrated as “13 September World Sepsis Day” and the week it is in as “World Sepsis Week”. As the Turkish Society of Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Medicine, we celebrate the sepsis week with various scientific and social activities annually to raise awareness and improve the knowledge in our country. This year, despite our busy and critical days, we are proud to be able to organize our traditional sepsis symposium, albeit in a virtual environment. We will start our symposium which includes national and international distinguished guests, whose program is presented below, with the webinar of our Nursing Commission between 20.00-21.30 in the evening of September 9, 2020. On September 10 and 11, 2020, between 14.00-16.30, we will talk and discuss the innovations and advancements in diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.
We cordially invite you to our symposium with the hope of taking a scientific and useful break from our busy schedule with the wishes of meeting on better days when we can have our regular examinations and hold meetings physically.
Assoc. Dr. Assoc. Prof. Melda Türkoğlu
TDCY President of the Executive Board