A Gold Coast child-emergency doctor is appealing for the community to help his team prevent a leading cause of childhood mortality.
Dr Shane George, a Staff Specialist – Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Care at the Gold Coast University Hospital, is urging everyone to support recent research to help provide earlier diagnosis of sepsis (also known as septicaemia or blood positioning).
Across Australia and New Zealand more than 500 children are put on life support due to this infection every year. Sadly, despite optimal care 50 children die from sepsis every year. These are children who could be saved with improved diagnostic tests and treatment options. The World Health Organization has recognised the urgent need for diagnosis and treatment for children with sepsis.