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What is Sepsis?

  • Sepsis is a severe infection
  • It is life-threatening, and without prompt treatment, it often leads to tissue damage, organ failure, and death
  • Sepsis is a global health priority
  • 49 million people get sepsis each year worldwide, of which 11 million die1
  • It is more common than a heart attack and claims more lives than any cancer
  • Sepsis can be prevented through education and early intervention




Early 2020, the World Health Organization declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a global health emergency.
COVID-19 patients may develop a severe form with respiratory failure, often associated to other organ failures such as Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) or shock, which is the definition of Sepsis, ie a severe infection.

COVID-19 has various outcomes for the patients, one of which is Sepsis potentially leading to intensive care unit admission and death. Survivors may face, like other sepsis patients, long term morbidity.





The World Sepsis Day – September 13th


The World Sepsis Day has been established in 2012 by the Global Sepsis Alliance. It is held each year, on September 13th, and aims at raising awareness of sepsis all over the world.







How to recognize Sepsis:

  • Sepsis can be difficult to recognize and to diagnose at early stages
  • Early sepsis symptoms are non-specific
  • Sepsis happens quickly and can be confused with other conditions





Want to learn more about Sepsis?

Check out our new Sepsis educational resources webpage dedicated to Healthcare Professionals* with up-to-date, non-promotional and unbiased scientific and medical content on specific topics such as Sepsis.

Various educational formats from pathology explanation based videos, to short educational modules, webinars and medical digitalized booklets are available.





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bioMérieux is a proud supporter of World Sepsis Day. bioMérieux has a long-standing commitment to the prevention and management of sepsis through dedicated diagnostic solutions and educational initiatives.


1- Rudd KE et al, The Lancet, 2020.
*Not intended for US healthcare professionals

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