Today, World Sepsis Day (13 September 2020), local health leaders are urging the public to be aware of the signs and symptoms of sepsis to protect themselves and others from this life-threatening condition.
The number of people developing sepsis is increasing, with around 123,000 cases each year in England. An estimated 37,000 deaths are associated with the condition in the UK from the condition.
Martin Fahy, Director of Nursing and Quality, NHS Lincolnshire CCG said:
“It’s important for medical professionals and the public to be aware of the signs and seek medical attention quickly if they see symptoms of sepsis. If detected early sepsis can often be treated with antibiotics and fluids which can halt the progression of the infection. Antibiotics are the single most important life saving measure when sepsis is diagnosed and should always be given appropriately by a doctor. Most people, if caught early, will make a full recovery from sepsis with the right treatment.”
You should call 999 or go to A&E if you or others experience one or more of the following signs:
- Look mottled, bluish or pale
- Are very lethargic or difficult to wake
- Feels abnormally cold to touch
- Chills and shivering
- A high temperature or low body temperature
- Are breathing very fast/fast heartbeat
- Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
- Has a first fit or convulsion
- Less urine production than normal – for example not peeing in 12 hours
Find out more Symptoms of sepsis – NHS (www.nhs.uk)