In a bid to Stop Sepsis, Save Lives, the World Health Assembly and the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 26, 2017 adopted a resolution to improve, prevent, diagnose and manage sepsis – “a quantum leap in the global fight against sepsis.”
Derek Angus, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, talks about sepsis as a global health priority and puts the resolution in context for healthcare and biomedical research.
Angus has been deeply involved in global efforts to improve sepsis diagnosis and treatment. He served as chair of the International Sepsis Forum for the last two years. In that capacity, he was on the council of the Global Sepsis Alliance, which was the organization that proposed this recommendation to the WHO.