March 25, 2023

Experts and specialists are sounding the alarm about “sepsis” or “sepsis”, emphasizing that this is a public health problem that must be addressed and all necessary measures taken to prevent it and reduce mortality from it.

Al-Tayyib Atsidi, a physician and health policy and systems researcher, defined “sepsis” or “sepsis” as: “a severe condition of the body’s irregular response to an infection (bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic) that results in loss of organ function and danger to life. On a patient,” he added, “when this acute condition is characterized by circulatory failure and severe cellular damage, the term septic shock is used.”

During a scientific symposium hosted by the “French Sepsis Association” under the slogan “Hand in hand to beat sepsis,” Khitsidi said: “In general, our immunity protects us from infection by fighting it, and sometimes the body reacts badly to it . to an infection that causes a number of phenomena, including inflammation that impairs the function of some organs, with a high risk of death if not treated very quickly in intensive care”, emphasizing that “sepsis can be avoided through preventive measures, early diagnosis and appropriate management “.

The same researcher presented figures on sepsis, noting that 50 million cases are reported each year and 11 million people die from it every year, noting that one in five deaths worldwide is associated with sepsis, and one in three deaths are in hospitals. because of him.

Acidic also indicated that 2 out of 5 nosocomial infections are caused by the transmission of bacteria through the hands of healthcare workers, indicating that an average of 61 percent of healthcare workers do not follow recommended hand hygiene practices, while this has been proven. that hand hygiene will reduce nosocomial infections by 40 percent.

The same spokesman also reported that in 80 percent of sepsis cases, infection was present prior to hospitalization, stressing that every hour of delay in starting antibiotic treatment increased mortality from septic shock by 7.6 percent.

For her part, Jamila Hajjal, founder of the French Sepsis Association, said that sepsis causes 11 million deaths annually globally, 2 million deaths annually in Africa, and 700,000 deaths in Europe.

Hajal, in her speech, talked about the cost of treating sepsis, saying that it is 16,000 euros and that it can affect everyone and that no one is immune from it.

For his part, Ahmed Aziz Busafiha, head of the Department of Clinical Immunology at the Ibn Rushd University Medical Center, spoke about the genetic predisposition to sepsis, stating that 49 million people worldwide have contracted sepsis, 40 percent of which are children under the age of 5 years.

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