Book Sepsis and afterwards and other information about sepsis


The book Sepsis and afterwards
The book Sepsis and afterwards was offered to the GSA


To order ‘Sepsis and afterwards’ click here or use the ordering section below.


Endorsed by the GSA
Endorsed by the GSA



If you would like to contact me for a lecture, mail me, I will gladly inform you about the possibilities.


Read the article “The hidden faces of sepsis’, published in ‘ICU management and practice’, sept. 18th.


The book Sepsis and afterwards was offered to the Global Sepsis Alliance Council on the 22nd of March 2017. From left to right: Simon Finfer (Australia, Treasurer), Flavia Machado (Brazil, Secretary), Konrad Reinhart (Germany, Chairman), Ron Daniels (UK, CEO) en Niranjan Kissoon (Vice chairman, Canada). To order the book: see here, or use the ordering section below. ‘Sepsis and afterwards’ is endorsed by the GSA as well.



All presentations of the World Sepsis Congress 2021 were recorded 

Listen to them via the YouTube-channel.


On September 9th the GSA and the WHO organized the Spotlight World Sepsis Congress

World Sepsis Congress Spotlight

Many sepsis experts from all over the world shared their knowledge, live-stream.

The congress focused on the following topic: “ SEPSIS, PANDEMICS, AND ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE – GLOBAL HEALTH THREATS OF THE 21ST CENTURYYou can watch the Opening Session here.

Click here to go directly to the Congress website.


Letters to the Dutch Minister of Health

Sofar three letters have been sent to the Dutch Minister of Health concerning therapy with high doses of vitamin C to combat COVID-19 in patients who are (becoming) seriously ill.


The first letter was sent on the 23rd of April 2020, the second letter on the 3rd of June 2020 and the third letter was sent on the 27nd of October. You find the translations by clicking on the links above.


On the 23rd of March 2020 the European Sepsis Alliance published the ‘Life afters sepsis’ brochure

You can read and download it here.

Watch this video of the anual meeting of the European Sepsis Alliance, on March 23, 2020.

Find the program and watch the video here.


The anual ESICM congress was held in Berlin in October 2019


Many webcasts by professionals from all over the world are available on the ESCIM website. 

Listen to the recording of the lecture: ‘A patient speaks up:  Moments of truth during and after an Intensive Care Unit stay’


Listen to this TedTalk about sepsis by Melanie Wright



The Dutch Ministry of Health supports the initiative of starting up a Dutch Sepsis Network!

In July 2019 the petition-group ‘SOS voor sepsis’ received a letter from the Dutch Minister of Health confirming his support for the creation of a Sepsis Network in the Netherlands. Preparations will start in the autumn of 2019. Great news!


On the 18th of March 2019 the second European Sepsis Alliance annual meeting took place. 

Atlete Shahrzad Kiavash from Sweden
Athlete Shahrzad Kiavash from Sweden


Shahrzad Kiavash from Sweden, an athlete who suffered from a sepsis herself, was one of the speakers. She lost both of her lower legs due to sepsis.

A roundtable discussion, joined by former patients and relatives shed light on the important aspects from the patients’ perspective. For instance: what does safety mean? Rapid intervention is important but how does this relate to protocols and a thorough diagnosis? How can sepsis set it’s seal upon our entire healthcaresystem as a time-critical condition and as an illness with longterm consequences that need to be addressed for example by offering tailor made rehabilitation? In breakout-sessions the topics of advocacy, policy and quality of sepsis care in Europe were discussed. Take a look at the presentations here.


The 2nd World Sepsis Congress was held on September 5th and 6th 2018!

Over the course of 17 sessions, more than 100 speakers from 30 countries discussed all aspects of sepsis and its wide-ranging consequences (amongst them, the initiator of this website). All talks were recorded and will be available to view on the WSC YouTube Channel and as a Podcast on Apple Podcasts soon. You can already subscribe to be notified once new episodes are available.



Watch the world sepsis congress recordings here.

Watch the new sepsis video, created by the Global Sepsis Alliance (september 2017)







The English book Sepsis and afterwards was released on September 2nd, 2016


You can use the orange button to order online

(see the white ordering section to the left or beneath).

If the ordering section doesn’t show because of your computer or cellphone settings, please use this direct link

What is this book about?

Sepsis and afterwards combines important information and stories from personal experience with the latest developments and insights. Physical and mental aspects are highlighted, together with practical tips including the so called Balance training. Sepsis and afterwards provides former patients and their relatives with a clear lead, and offers eye openers to professionals. A helpful guide, during hospital admission and after discharge. Recommended by the UK Sepsis Trust (see the ‘quick links’-section).


Ron Daniels, CEO of the Sepsis Trust, sepsis expert

Dr. Ron Daniels (Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust and the Global Sepsis Alliance) about the book: “It is certainly very comprehensive and well written! […] Some survivors may certainly benefit, particularly those who need a little more than our normal survivors’ booklet.” 



Important: if you would like to buy ‘Sepsis and afterwards’ but the payment method of your choice is not available, please send your mail, with subject ‘Book Sepsis and afterwards’ and your address details to: and you’ll receive all necessary details for ordering and payment. 

Price: 19,00 € . Shipping costs outside the Netherlands (except for Belgium) are not included.




Media attention

Take a look on the website of the Global Sepsis Alliance

Take a look on the website of the US Sepsis Alliance.

Take a look on the website of ‘ICU steps’

Take a look on the website of the UK Sepsis Trust, It recommends Sepsis and afterwards as ‘Additional support for sepsis survivors’.


Dutch Petition ‘SOS voor sepsis’ was launched in September 2017 and signed by the GSA

Nederland, Den Haag, 23 januari 2008.Aanbieden petitie 'SOS Sepsis' aan de vastekamercommissie voor Volksgezondheid.foto: Gerhard van Roon


On January 23 2018 the petition was offered to the House of Representatives. Since then we’ve been invited 3 times at the Ministry of Healthcare. In novemer 2018 we received message from our Ministry of Healthcare that the request for a grant to appoint a project coordinator to coordinate a National Action Plan regarding sepsis, is now on the table of the Minister himself….

You can take a look at the petition here. For the TV news item, click on this link.


2nd WSC – Sepsis Is a Devastating Disease: Listen to the Survivors and Those Bereaved (Session 14)

You can listen to them here.


Video ‘5 facts about sepsis’, created by the Global Sepsis Alliance



The Global Sepsis Alliance launched a new initiative on the 20th of March 2018: the European Sepsis Alliance! This took place in Brussels. 



It’s very inspiring to see how things are coming together; the Dutch petition ‘SOS voor sepsis’ (SOS for sepsis, a call for a National Action Plan) is certainly going to benefit from more collaboration in Europe. The purpose of the meeting in Brussels was to promote this collaboration and to urge governments to take action. The GSA puts it this way: ‘Sepsis is the most preventable Cause of Death and Disability in Europe.’ 

Find more information here.


Watch the latest video, created by the Sepsis Alliance together with the Society of Critical Care Medicine

to help create more awareness of sepsis survivorship



The Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Health Organization joined forces

Together they put the spot light on ‘Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis’. The talks are available on the YouTube channel. For more information see here:


Read the resolution that was adapted by the WHA (World Health Assembly) in May 2017

You find the full text here.  Become a supporter of World Sepsis Day. To find out more and to register, visit


Watch all the talks of the 1st World Sepsis Congress here


Read the Global Sepsis Alliance newsletter (published on the 11th of May 2017). 

On May 24th, the Global Sepsis Alliance, jointly with the German Ministry of Health and the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, hosted the ‘WHA Side Event on Sepsis’ in Geneva, see here.


Education for nurses, watch this video,

created by the Sepsis Alliance: ‘Nurses Suspect Sepsis’ (May 2017)


The book Sepsis and afterwards was offered to the Global Sepsis Alliance council

On March 22nd, at the World Sepsis Day supporters meeting, Idelette Nutma offered the book Sepsis and afterwards to the Global Sepsis Alliance council. At this meeting representatives from many countries all over the world gave un update on developments regarding sepsis awareness in their country. 

The book Sepsis and afterwards was offered to the GSA
From left to right: Simon Finfer (Australia, Treasurer), Flavia Machado (Brazil, Secretary), Konrad Reinhart (Germany, Chairman), Ron Daniels (UK, CEO) en Niranjan Kissoon (Vice chairman, Canada)




To get an update on (global) activities and facts regarding sepsis: see the World Sepsis Day newsletter

Read more


MP Mike Wood survived sepsis, see the Birmingham mail. Watch this video about his comeback in the House of Commons as a grateful man. But he has a message. He urges Prime Minister Theresa May to take action to prevent unnessary deaths caused by sepsis.


Click here to go to the YouTube channel where you find all talks of the World Sepsis Congress

Over the course of two days and 13 sessions, 75 speakers from over 20 countries gave keynote speeches and presentations on all aspects of sepsis. 


The horrible and hidden faces of sepsis urge us to join forces!

On the occasion of the third sepsis symposium in the Netherlands, I was given the opportunity to give a talk. You can read the summary here. The symposium, held in Amsterdam (congress organizer ‘Interactie-opleidingen’)  brought together physicians, nurses, researchers and students from different countries in Europe. The program was composed by MD PhD Arthur van Zanten, Prof. Peter Pickkers and Prof. Armand Girbes. 


A personal story about sepsis, see this link

You can read my story, published on the site of the Sepsis Alliance in the US, here


The Extraordinary life of Alex Lewis, watch this video



Listen to more then 20 sepsis experts who shared their knowledge at the World Sepsis Congress, 8 and 9 September 2016!

Stop sepsis, save lives

Just click here.

Accessible to everyone!

Konrad Reinhart speaks about the Global impact of sepsis and summarizes, in a nut shell, everything you need to know about that. You can see the slides too. Have a look! 



Many survivors and their relatives face physical, mental and/or neuro cognitive problems after their critical illness and ICU admission, known as the Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS). 

Watch this lecture by Mark Mikkelsen. He’s an expert and his lecture gives a perfect overview:

The Road to Recovery: Engaging & Preparing Survivors of Critical Illness – Mark Mikkelsen


Recently (February 2016)  a new sepsis definition was completed

Watch this video, which explains it very clearly. And see here for an interview with professor Derek Angus, about the new sepsis-score called QSOFA. Especially for professionals this video is very informative.


Bloodpoisening/sepsis needs worldwide attention


Sepsis, also known as bloodpoisening, is responsible for many victims. It can start very sneaky, resembling a flue. That’s why sepsis often isn’t treated as an emergency. But early goal directed therapy can save so many lives. View this video called ‘It’s Sepsis – not Flue! Information for the public’:





When? If 2 or more of the following criteria arise: 
-Fever > 38,3 or undertemperature of 36 degrees Celsius or lower
-Hartbeat > 90/min
-Respiration rate > 20/min
-Strong deviatons in the rate and types of white bloodcell(counts)
ánd a strong suspicion of, or clue to infection. In that case the alarmbells for sepsis should start to ring. 


When signs of organ dysfunction occur (symptoms like: confusion, decrease in urineproduction or breathing difficulties) sepsis should be suspected. When all of this is complicated by a low bloodpressure which doesn’t react to administering extra fluids, then the situation has turned into a septic shock. Sepsis is one of the most common but least recognized diseases!


Early diagnosis of sepsis is essential

That’s why the Surviving Sepsis Campaign was initiated in 2002, a collaboration between the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, to bring down the mortality by severe sepsis and septic shock in the world. 

Read more here
Every year an International congress is held where professionals from countries all over the world share their knowledge and latest insights about (the treatment of) sepsis. Take a look here. And to enhance awareness the World Sepsis Day is held every year on the 13th of september. 



  • The book ‘Sepsis and afterwards. Use the orange button aboven. Otherwise click here. 
  • A consultation by mail or skype. Send a mail so we can make an appointment and I can give you the details.
  • Read here my lecture at the First International Sepsissymposium in the Netherlands (in English), in 2014.

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