Press release

HSE National Sepsis Summit: Early Treatment Saves Lives

The HSE is encouraging healthcare professionals, researchers, patient advocates and people who have been affected by sepsis to attend this year’s national Sepsis Summit. The conference, taking place on 3 September at Dublin Castle, will bring together national and international experts to discuss topics related to the theme ‘Early Treatment Saves Lives’.

Dr Orla Healy, HSE National Clinical Director, Quality and Patient Safety, said:

“The national Sepsis Summit provides an invaluable opportunity to hear about the latest prevention and treatment advancements for sepsis. Sepsis is one of the identified 13 Common Causes of Harm in the HSE Patient Safety Strategy 2019-2024. We hope participation in the summit will lead to better management and better outcomes for patients who develop sepsis.”

Highlighting the importance of the summit’s theme, ‘Early Treatment Saves Lives’, Dr Michael O’ Dwyer, Clinical Lead, HSE Sepsis Programme, said:

“A diagnosis of sepsis should be considered in any patient with an infection that is clinically deteriorating. If there is a suspicion of infection, we would recommend everyone start with asking ‘could it be sepsis?’

“Early recognition and timely escalation has shown to drastically improve survival rates for patients and reduces the risk of developing long-term conditions from sepsis. It’s also important to know that symptoms can be different in adults, pregnant women and children. The summit provides a unique opportunity to hear from experts in these fields.”

Healthcare professionals are also invited to submit an abstract for consideration for oral or poster presentation. Submissions will be considered if you have completed research, a quality improvement project or a case report on sepsis. The best presentation will receive a prize. The deadline to submit abstracts is 19 July.

The 2024 Sepsis Summit is organised by the HSE National Clinical Programme for Sepsis, the National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate, in the office of the Chief Clinical Officer, in collaboration with the Department of Health.

Register for Sepsis Summit or submit an abstract in 8th National Sepsis Summit 2024

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