BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Around the globe, over 10,000 people die from sepsis each day, this was highlighted at a conference held in Beijing on Thursday to mark the first-ever World Sepsis Day.
Sepsis, also known as systemic inflammatory response syndrome, has a high fatality rate. According to the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), the number of deaths caused by the condition exceeds the total number of deaths caused by prostatic cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS around the world. It remains the primary cause of death due to infections.
Du Bin, director of the Chinese Society of Critical Care Medicine (CSCCM), a member of the GSA, said each year around 20 to 30 million people catch sepsis, and proper treatment within the first hour of infection is critical to patients' survival.
The conference was co-hosted by the CSCCM and the GSA. The CSCCM joined hands with the GSA to raise awareness about this disease, together with over 40 country members of the GSA.
A declaration of world-wide goals to contain the disease was announced at the conference, including reducing the incidence rate of sepsis by 20 percent by 2020, and also raising the survival rate of sepsis by 10 percent as compared to 2012.