We want to beat sepsis! The Grand Finale for all – the little and the big ones – was the slogan of the past 31st Grand Finale. The main objective of the fundraiser was to collect money for purchasing state-of-the-art medical equipment allowing for a fast sepsis diagnosis. A quick diagnosis is crucial for implementing effective, targeted treatment. Let’s remember that time is of great importance here. The patient may experience multiple organ system failures, shock, and even death within a few hours. Research shows that any delay in diagnosing sepsis and administering an effective antibiotic with a one-hour delay increases the risk of death by 8 per cent.
When we first announced the main objective of the 31st Grand Finale “We want to beat sepsis”, we planned to equip 80 medical facilities with PLN 100,000,000 worth of devices. Today, after such a fantastic Grand Finale fundraiser, it’s become clear that we may extend our support to twice as many medical units, pledging over PLN 200,000,000 for purchasing the necessary equipment. This plan is based on the survey results we ran at the hospitals. Our Open Tender is no longer about buying a single device, but about purchasing a full set of equipment for microbiology labs and ensuring the effective fight against sepsis.
— Jurek Owsiak, the chairman of the board of the GOCC Foundation
Jurek Owsiak, photo: Łukasz Widziszowski
- automatic blood culture system - 39 units
- equipment for automatic biochemical identification and drug-susceptibility testing of microorganisms - 29 units
- equipment for the identification of micro-organisms by Maldi TOF mass spectrometry systems for automated antimicrobial susceptibility testing - 104 units.
- equipment for the identification of micro-organisms by Maldi TOF mass spectrometry systems for automated antimicrobial susceptibility testing - 16 units
- multiplex PCR-type molecular diagnostic tool for the identification of micro-organisms including determination of drug resistance - 76 units
- automated system for quantitative antimicrobial susceptibility testing (MIC) - 44 units
- a device for determining drug susceptibility (and possibly identification) directly from a positive blood sample - 69 units
- automated culture system for microbiological samples - 8 units
- system for the rapid identification of outbreaks caused by multidrug-resistant strains - 11 units
- laminar flow cabinets for laboratories - 81 units.