About the Surviving Sepsis Campaign

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) is a joint collaboration of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) committed to reducing mortality and morbidity from sepsis and septic shock worldwide.

Initiated in 2002 at the ESICM’s annual meeting with the Barcelona Declaration, the campaign progressed in phases that have expanded the scope and reach of publication of four editions of evidence-based guidelines, implementation of a performance improvement program, and analysis and publication of data from more than 30,000 patient charts collected from around the world. 

Now recommitted to applying the guidelines and related hour-1 bundle to 100% of patients experiencing sepsis or septic shock and to developing a strategy to improve the care of septic patients in under-resourced areas, the campaign invites you to show your personal commitment to make a difference. Commit to sepsis screening—every patient, every shift, every day, to ensure that sepsis is not missed. Implement the guidelines and the bundle in all areas of your hospital. If your institution is an extended care environment, a difference can be made for patients in your care, as well. If you are a prehospital provider, know the signs and symptoms and call ahead when you may have a septic patient on the way. In all cases, early intervention can make all the difference in prevention of organ failure and death.

The potential to save lives is enormous. Assuming that the reduction in mortality that has occurred to date can be sustained and 10,000 hospitals comply with the campaign recommendations, together we could save 400,000 lives if we treat only half of the eligible patients with the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Bundle.

The SSC leadership is eager to support your efforts. Join the List​serv and the conversation and reach out to the campaign to share your success stories. This campaign lives on because so many care. Thank you for your dedication to excellence and evidence-based medicine.