New Zealand needs a plan

New Zealand needs a plan

With partners across New Zealand, the Trust has been working hard to create a National Sepsis Action Plan, for our health sector, our institutions, and our communities.

Do you want to contribute feedback or ideas? The plan is open to consultation until March 2021, and will be presented in full at the National Sepsis Conference in November.

Sepsis (mate whakatāoke) is defined as a life-threatening organ failure caused by a dysregulated immune response to infection.  Sepsis is under-recognised, which can lead to inadequate treatment, prolonged hospital admissions, and death in some cases. Sepsis contributes to 20% of all deaths globally. It is a preventable illness, an unnecessary drain on resources, and a serious cause of harm to thousands of New Zealanders every year.

In 2016, major infection in New Zealand accounted for over 1 in 3 hospital bed-days and $1.5 billion in direct health spending. Many of these patients will have suffered sepsis.

In Māori and Pacific communities, adults and children experience sepsis at more than twice the rate of non-Māori and Pacific people.

The impact of sepsis beyond the health system includes loss of income for survivors and possible increased physical dependence and extends to whānau (family) and carers.

The New Zealand Sepsis Trust was formed to address the gap between what we know about sepsis and what we do to prevent, diagnose and manage sepsis. Our aim is to facilitate cross-disciplinary and multi-sector collaboration. This National Sepsis Action Plan is the outcome of such collaboration.

Read the Technical and Consensus Report which supports the Plan:

To download a copy of the National Sepsis Action Plan :

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Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou ka ora ai te iwi

With your contribution and my contribution there lies wellbeing for the people