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Marking Safety

“Sepsis is the most preventable cause of death” (1), and every hour it is not diagnosed will increase the probability of killing the patient by 7%; thus, recognising the early signs and symptoms is crucial. Severe sepsis is the leading cause of death in the noncoronary intensive care unit, with mortality rates between 30-50%.

According to Dr Adam Linder, “approximately one in five patients with sepsis who are admitted to hospital are at risk of developing severe sepsis within the first 24 hours” (2). Furthermore, it is also the biggest killer of children under five worldwide. Konrad Reinhart notes that 6 million babies from third-world countries and 10,000 of mothers die from the condition every year (1).

As sepsis often impacts the elderly (usually when they have some other condition), it is perhaps less talked about, but it also affects children. With such susceptible groups as these, anything that raises awareness among medical staff of the signs, symptoms, and dangers can only be a good thing.

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Professor Christene Leiper attended Sydney University, RMIT Melbourne, and Bond University in Australia and achieved a Professor of Medicine and Life Sciences at Bond University Queensland in 2006. She also undertook research at Edinburgh University, Scotland, as part of her PhD. Christene has been a Principal Investigator for clinical trials, which enables her to operate across many disciplinary boundaries within clinical research in a coherent and productive manner. In 2007, she was appointed Director of Research at a Scottish CRO, which in turn, led her to start her own CRO, Onorach, in 2009.
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