With World Sepsis Day on 13 September, many in Belgium are calling for better monitoring and registration of the condition, as no figures currently exist in the country on the life-threatening blood infection.
When looking at the worldwide figures of those suffering from sepsis following an infection, one can grasp how life-threatening the condition truly is.
An estimated 11 million people die from it each year, with one in five of those afflicted dying from blood poisoning. Even those who do survive face a long rehabilitation with the risk of permanent (partial) paralysis, making the fact that there are no official figures for those suffering from the condition in Belgium even more surprising.
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For this reason, there is now a national demand for better monitoring and registration of the condition and for the implementation of previous recommendations.
Last year, a round table was organised on sepsis, which resulted in a National Action Plan on Sepsis although this has yet to lead to concrete policy.
As a result, the plan's initiators want their recommendations, including better data collection and a dedicated sepsis research centre, to once again be discussed by the country's authorities.