6th International Congress "Sepsis and Multiorgan Dysfunction"

Consensus & Controversies

Logo Kongress 2013

... has been the motto of the 6th International Congress of the German Sepsis Society which took place from September 4-6, 2013 at the congress centrum neue weimarhalle.


According to the latest data from Center for Sepsis Control and Care (CSCC) funded by the Federal Ministry for Science and Research (BMBF), a total of 180,311 patients developed septic conditions in Germany in 2010. Of these, 78,208 patients had sepsis, 81073 severe sepsis, and 21,708 a septic shock. These figures are based on the new ICD-10 encodings introduced by the German Sepsis Society (DSG) in 2007.

The peak age was between 70 and 75 years and 60,199 patients died in hospital. Hospital mortality rate for sepsis was 12 %, for severe sepsis 46.9 % and 60.5 % for septic shock. These latest figures exceed data on incidence and mortality reported by the German Competence Network SepNet in 2004. Given the increasing age of the population, figures can be expected to continue rising during the coming years.

Both the currently being revised guidelines from the German Septic Society on "prevention, diagnosis, treatment and after-care of sepsis" and the congress of Weimar sepsis update 2013, have questioned issues relating to improving structure and process quality to counter the continuing high mortality.

  • Where the deficits in the diagnosis lie, and what new therapeutic approaches need to be taken?
  • Is there an iatrogenic post-therapy-related (adverse event) that we paid too little attention to?
  • Have we underestimated the potential for preventive measures, since about 70% of sepsis patients show a nosocomial infection.
  • And finally, is their an association of the shorter length of stay in hospitals and the quality of outcomes? What is the long-term survival rate and the health-related quality of life?

The weimar sepsis update 2013 has dedicated numerous debates to the pros and cons of these issues. Here, national and international experts have not only endeavored to highlight the controversies surrounding the subject, but also attempted to find a consensus.

Cooperation with SepsEast

For the first time, a joint-session was held with colleagues from Eastern Europe and the bordering countries, who held their first sepsis congress, SepsEast, in Budapest in September 2012. It is envisaged that Weimar Sepsis Update and SepsEast will cooperate closely to organize meetings and host these alternately every two years. In addition, they will work together to try and build a bridge between their countries in spite of the different health systems and service infrastructure.