“Merinoff Symposium 2010: Sepsis”—Speaking with One Voice
In the first half of the 20th century, the polio pandemic spread across much of the world, afflicting hundreds of thousands each year. Mounting a response to this global health crisis required consensus, common language, and dedication among lawmakers, philanthropists, industrialists, patient advocates, and healthcare providers. A diverse group from many industries, both public and private, collaborated to develop a comprehensible message that defined the problem of polio, described its prevalence and mortality, and communicated the barriers to diagnosing and treating it effectively. Together this group led an effort to develop treatment strategies that, fifty years later, have nearly eradicated this devastating and lethal disease.
There is another pandemic today that, like polio, requires a concerted effort across multiple business sectors to be defeated. Sepsis may be the final common pathway to death from most infections, and is estimated to kill tens of millions of people worldwide...