Driving hope into action
Merinoff Symposium 2010: Sepsis
In the fall of 2010, the Merinoff Symposium hosted an international gathering of more than 200 stakeholders concerned about the burden of sepsis. Attendees included Maureen Bisognano, president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD, founder and chairman of the Sepsis Alliance, John Howe, MD, president and CEO of Project Hope, Keith Martin, MD, Member of Parliament, Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca, British Columbia, Canada, and Thomas Deufel, MD, State Secretary in the Thuringian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Germany. Co-hosting were the International Sepsis Forum, the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, the Sepsis Alliance and the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine. These same organizations founded the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), which held its first gathering concurrent with the symposium. A “Message of Hope” and “Call to Action” to save lives by treating sepsis as a medical emergency treatable with fluids and antibiotics within one hour of recognition was broadcasted to the world. In the short time since the symposium, the GSA has grown to represent more than 600,000 caregivers in 70 countries. “Sepsis as an Emergency” initiatives have been launched in multiple countries with Germany, Brazil, the UK, Greece and the US leading the way. Information regarding the design and execution of programs is being freely shared throughout the GSA. It is anticipated that efforts to gather data will demonstrate what experts agree to be true: that sepsis is the leading cause of death worldwide and that many can be saved if sepsis is treated as a medical emergency.
Resources from Merinoff Symposium 2010: Sepsis
This video received the Silver Award of Distinction from the 17th Annual Communicator Awards and the Bronze Film and Video Award from the 32nd Annual Telly Awards in 2011. To watch more videos from the Merinoff Symposium 2010, please click here.
Public relations efforts surrounding the 2010 symposium yielded more than 310 million international media impressions.
Exemplary media coverage includes:
The New York Times
By Roni Rabi October 4, 2010
More Aggressive Care for Sepsis Urged as Scientists Find New Clue to What Fuels It
The Associated Press, picked up by numerous outlets
including the ChicagoTribune
By Lauran Neergaard October 5, 2010
FOX News - Charlotte
October 6, 2010
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