Media Release – New sepsis care standard is a game changer
On 30 June 2022, the Commission released the new Sepsis Clinical Care Standard. The new standard is a ‘game changer’ that will ensure healthcare workers recognise sepsis as a medical emergency.
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Each year more than 8,700 Australians die from sepsis, a condition that is triggered by an infection and can turn into a deadly disease if undetected.
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection, causing damage to its own tissues and organs. It affects more than 55,000 Australians of all ages every year. Many of these people are normally healthy, but those who survive sepsis often experience prolonged after-effects or will have a lifelong disability.
Sepsis also has a tangible impact on our healthcare system, with $700 million in direct hospital costs, and indirect costs of more than $4 billion each year.
The National Sepsis Program is being implemented to halt the devastating impact of sepsis on Australian patients and their families.
Today the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has released the national Sepsis Clinical Care Standard, in partnership with The George Institute for Global Health.