World Sepsis Day

World Sepsis Day is held annually on 13 September and is an initiative of the Global Sepsis Alliance. Each year events are held worldwide to raise awareness about sepsis.

This World Sepsis Day we are urging all health workers to be alert for signs and symptoms of sepsis, even in COVID-19 patients, and ask 'Could it be sepsis?'

Sepsis claims eleven million lives globally each year with more than 8500 of those in Australia. Check out these global sepsis facts.

Sepsis Facts Download PDF

Sepsis is always caused by an infection and that can include COVID-19. If your patient in emergency or the wards has an infection and is deteriorating, always ask 'Could it be sepsis?' Your patient will need escalation to a senior clinician, rapid assessment, treatment and source control.

Get involved in World Sepsis Day

There are lots of ways you can get involved in promoting sepsis awareness. This year, it will be important to keep COVID-safe with appropriate physical distancing and hand hygiene. Always follow local guidance for infection prevention and control.

Most of these suggested activities can be adapted or undertaken virtually:

  • Organise a sepsis picnic, morning tea or lunch
  • Hold a Sepsis Cake 'n' Bake competition
  • Dress up as a 'sepsis hero' and share the photos
  • Put sepsis screensavers on your computers
  • Hold education sessions and include sepsis in Grand Rounds
  • Share sepsis videos and posters
  • Share your World Sepsis Day photos and stories - email CEC-sepsis@health.nsw.gov.au
  • Tag us on LinkedIn @Clinical Excellence Commission, Twitter @NSWCEC; @sepsis_kills and use #sepsis, #wsd20, #worldsepsisday. and #fightagainstsepsis when posting tweets.

See the Global Sepsis Alliance Toolkit for more ideas and resources.

Contact us if you would like more information or to discuss your World Sepsis Day activities.