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University Hospital holds SEPSIS awareness conference Sunday

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2015 | 9:06 AM

Sepsis kills more than eight million persons world-wide per year including Jamaicans,  more than any cancer, but remain virtually unknown in most developed countries, despite advances in medicine, according the Department of Microbiology at the University of the West Indies.

It is for that reason, doctors in the Department of Microbiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University Hospital will tomorrow host a one-day conference to discuss the  life-threatening condition, which is rated more common than heart attack, and described  as 'claiming more lives than any cancer.'

The conference which is being held in collaboration with World Sepsis Day Supporters, is being held under the theme, 'Sepsis ... Why it matters to you' and will be staged in the main medical lecture theatre in the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr Ivan Vickers, consultant microbiologist at UHWI hospital, said the condition arises when the body's response to an infection damage its own tissues and organs.

He said the condition is always triggered by an infection and it can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it is not recognised early and treated promptly.

The symposium will be targeting doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, emergency medical technicians, medical technologists and students.

A church service will be held to mark World Sepsis Day on September 13, 2015.