Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 44, Issue 10, pp 1771–1773 | Cite as

Public awareness of sepsis is still poor: we need to do more

  • Steve W. KerriganEmail author
  • Ignacio Martin-Loeches

Dear Editor,

Sepsis is a major concern worldwide due to high morbidity, mortality and financial cost to health systems [1]. Globally, there is an estimated 30 million cases of sepsis each year, which results in more than 6 million deaths [2]. The lack of public awareness of sepsis and the serious consequences of delays in recognition and treatment are a major contributor to the alarming annual increase of 8–13% in sepsis cases over the last decade. With sepsis representing one of the highest causes of death in Ireland, the objective of this study was to assess awareness and perception of sepsis by the general public.

This was a face-to-face survey of adults aged 16 years and older, conducted in January 2018. Prior to beginning the survey, informed consent was obtained from all participants in full compliance with the guidelines set out by the institutional review board of the European Society for Opinion & Market Research (Register J8812). The survey was performed by an independent...



The authors would like to acknowledge the Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton at the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention for critical discussion and input. This publication was conducted with the financial support of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Grant Number 13/CDA/2119 (SWK).

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Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sepsis Research Group, School of PharmacyRoyal College of Surgeons in IrelandDublin 2Ireland
  2. 2.Sepsis Research Group, Molecular and Cellular TherapeuticsRoyal College of Surgeons in IrelandDublin 2Ireland
  3. 3.Irish Centre for Vascular BiologyRoyal College of Surgeons in IrelandDublin 2Ireland

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