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The Times Of India
11 September 2012
Bangalore, India.

In a bid to raise awareness on a severe medical condition called Sepsis; Bangalore doctors from Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) have joined hands with Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) to undertake awareness and educative programmes in line with global events around World Sepsis Day (WSD) Celebrations. These programmes will include Mass events like Seminars, Discussions, Walks, Poster Campaigns and Doctor-Patient meets among many other initiatives being undertaken world-over on World Sepsis Day (WSD) on September 13, 2012.

Dr Pradeep Rangappa, Secretary, ISCCM, Bangalore said, "While Sepsis is one of the most serious medical conditions, there's a tremendously low awareness among people and this includes even medical professionals not to mention the common man. Through WSD initiatives we aim to fill this gap that exists today and hope to work in a concerted manner to evangelize and educate people about this. As a body ISCCM, has taken many such awareness initiatives earlier for raising issues and causes of concerns purely on a philanthropic basis and we are happy to partner many of such caregivers from the Global community, who have stepped forward to make WSD a success."

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Sepsis remains the primary cause of death from infection despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics, and intensive care. Sepsis, which is often misunderstood by the public as "blood-poisoning" is one of the leading causes of death around the world. Sepsis arises when the body's response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.

Between one third and one half of patients with sepsis die. Every hour, about 36 people die from sepsis globally. Sepsis causes more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined together. Globally, an estimated 18 million cases of sepsis occurs each year.

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