Award recipient recognised for outstanding efforts in the fight against sepsis

Photograph of Stephen MacDonald
July 2, 2018

Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Consultant Dr Stephen MacDonald has been named the recipient of the 2018 Global Sepsis Award in the Individual Nominees category for Outstanding Efforts in the Fight Against Sepsis.

Sepsis accounts for 11 per cent of all ICU admissions and is responsible for the deaths of more people in Australia than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It occurs when a bacterial infection reaches the blood, and the immune system has a strong reaction that can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and death, especially if not recognised early and treated promptly.

The awards honour excellent sepsis awareness and education initiatives, as well as recognising major achievements of governments, organisations, and individuals, consistent with the aims of the World Sepsis Declaration and the World Sepsis Day Movement.

Congratulations Dr MacDonald.

This prestigious honour was awarded in recognition of Dr MacDonald's commitment and dedication to increasing awareness of acute sepsis in community and professional spheres, clinical research and his contribution to establishing a National Sepsis Plan for Australia (External link, PDF 3.9MB).

Australia is the first industrialised country to be conducting a trial of intravenous (IV) fluids in sepsis, with RPH leading the research in partnership with the University of Western Australia, the Emergency Medicine Foundation and several other Emergency Departments around Australia.

The clinical trial called REFRESH – REstricted Fluid REsuscitation in Sepsis-associated Hypotension compares the conventional approach of treating low blood pressure in sepsis patients with rapid IV fluids versus treatment with earlier vasopressor medications.

Dr MacDonald is based at the Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine within the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and the RPH Medical Research Foundation supported some of the work for which he has been recognised.

For further information on the World Sepsis Day movement visit the Global Sepsis Alliance website.