Abu Dhabi: Mafraq Hospital, owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), participates in the first “World Sepsis Day”, marked Thursday 13 September 2012. More than 1900 hospitals and healthcare and academic organizations are participating in WSD worldwide.
“Sepsis is one of the most common, yet least recognized illnesses in both developed and developing countries. It arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own cells or organs, which may lead to multiple organ failure, and death, especially if not recognized early enough and treated promptly.” explained Dr. Husain Al Awadhi, Head of MICU at Mafraq Hospital.
During a lecture to Mafraq Hospital staff on Tuesday in preparation for World Sepsis Day, Dr. Al Awadhi added: “globally, sepsis causes 20 to 30 million deaths per year, that is more than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and HIV/Aids combined. It annually causes over 6 million neonatal and early childhood deaths, and over 100,000 maternal deaths; it is the second most common cause for maternal death next to bleeding.” The events of the World Sepsis day would focus on raising the public awareness of sepsis and its threats and incidence rates, and also of the common symptoms of the disease, emphasizing on the importance of going for medical checkup as soon as these symptoms are experienced, and the role of early treatment in minimizing possible complications.
Educational booklets will be handed to the public at a stand in the main hall of Mafraq Hospital from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., posters will be up, and educational videos will be displayed on monitors by the stand. Trained staff would also be present at the stand to educate the visitors of the hospital about sepsis.