The Surviving Sepsis Campaign: raising awareness to reduce mortality

Crit Care. 2003 Feb;7(1):1-2. doi: 10.1186/cc1876. Epub 2003 Jan 8.


Sepsis affects 18 million people worldwide every year, and on average each case costs more than US$22 000 to treat. Despite this there is no consensus on the clinical definition of sepsis, and successful diagnosis and treatment is difficult. The Barcelona Declaration, issued by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign in October 2002, outlines a six-point plan to reduce the relative mortality of sepsis by 25% over the next 5 years. The Campaign organizers are currently producing evidence-based guidelines on source control and management of sepsis, as well as a policy document on how sepsis is managed around the world.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care / organization & administration
  • Cross Infection / mortality
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Health Care Costs
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • International Cooperation
  • Sepsis / economics
  • Sepsis / mortality
  • Sepsis / prevention & control*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Survival Rate
  • United States / epidemiology