HMC launches New Sepsis Program and Raises Awareness of Sepsis with a World Sepsis Day Symposium
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is launching a new sepsis program to benefit patients across all HMC facilities who have been diagnosed with sepsis. This program will ensure that HMC continues to provide reliable and standardized care to these patients, wherever they present in the HMC healthcare system.
The program, which is being piloted in several HMC facilities over the coming months, supports Qatar’s National Vision of providing high quality patient care through the establishment of safety systems, utilizing high reliability patient-care teams and best practice models.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs and if not recognized early and treated promptly, can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and death.
Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed Fawzy, Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Deputy Medical Director, Ambulance Service at HMC stated that HMC’s Critical Care Center, together with the Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Quality Officer, has developed a program to reduce the incidence and impact of sepsis using tried and tested guidelines for managing the condition.
“Sepsis is the tenth leading cause of death in industrialized countries, and the leading cause of death in the intensive care unit (ICU). It can be devastating to patients and their families and represents a major burden on healthcare systems,” said Dr. Fawzy.
“We have taken a proactive approach to dealing with this serious condition and have established a multidisciplinary team responsible for developing a program that will provide a standardized method for the early detection and treatment of sepsis,” Dr. Fawzy added. “This program is designed to provide a safety net system to prevent these patients from experiencing the complications of sepsis, such as end-organ failure and septic shock.”
As part of the awareness-raising activities and to mark World Sepsis Day, HMC’s Sepsis Program team organized an annual multi-disciplinary symposium for healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with sepsis. The day-long symposium, held on 26 September 2016, featured local and international experts who shared international best practice approaches to sepsis care.
“Our symposium focused on teaching simple steps that can be implemented to reduce the condition’s potentially devastating effects. One of our top priorities was to ensure that staff, and also the public, are able to recognize the earliest signs of sepsis in order to provide fast and effective treatment,” said Dr Ahmed Labib, Senior Consultant Intensivist and Anesthetist and HMC’s Sepsis Program Working Group Chair, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Hamad General Hospital.
Dr. Labib added: “Early symptoms of sepsis usually develop quickly and include a high temperature (fever), shivering, and rapid heartbeat and breathing. In some cases, symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock develop soon after. These can include feeling dizzy, confusion or disorientation, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin. With this condition, the sooner the treatment begins, the better the outcome for the patient.”
“Those most vulnerable to sepsis include individuals who are receiving medical treatment, such as long-term steroids that weaken their immune system; the very young or the very old; those who are pregnant; have a long-term health condition such as diabetes; those recovering from surgery, or have wounds or injuries as a result of an accident; those on mechanical ventilation (using a machine to support breathing); having drips or catheters attached to their skin; or are genetically prone to infections,” he added.
According to Dr. Labib, everyone should learn about the causes of sepsis and take simple precautionary steps in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from developing the condition. These include practicing proper hand hygiene and avoiding unnecessary hospital visits when they have an infection.
Hamad Medical Corporation
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the premier non-profit health care provider in Doha, Qatar. It was established by Emiri decree in 1979 and manages five highly specialized hospitals, namely, Hamad General Hospital, Rumailah Hospital, Women's Hospital, Al Amal Hospital and Al Khor Hospital. Since its establishment, HMC has rapidly developed medical facilities capable of providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of diseases that previously could only be managed in overseas medical centers.
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