September is Sepsis Awareness Month.

September is Sepsis awareness month, and today (13th September) is World Sepsis Day! Every 3.5 seconds someone in the world dies from Sepsis, yet when caught early enough it can be cured simply with antibiotics and fluids! It costs only £90 to save a life from Sepsis.

What is Sepsis?

It is also known as blood poisoning, and is a reaction to an infection which causes the body to attack its own organs and tissues.

It can come from ANY infection- from a chest infection, or a urinary tract infection, to something as common and simple as a sting or a bite.

What are the symptoms?

Following an infection, having fever, a high pulse rate and accelerated breathing can be signs of Sepsis. The following are further possible symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Reduced urine output
  • Dizziness or altered mental status with confusion, agitation, or drowsiness
  • Being cold and/or shivering
  • Swelling
  • In extreme pain or general discomfort
  • Pale or discoloured skin

What about in children?

If your child is unwell with a fever or has a very low temperature, keep an eye on them. If they have any of the following symptoms, be sure to take them to the emergency room:

  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion
  • Looks mottled, bluish, or pale
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch

And any child under 5 who isn’t feeding properly, is vomiting repeatedly, or hasn’t had a wee in 12 hours.

Since Sepsis kills more people than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined, and is often misdiagnosed, it is vital that awareness is raised for this deadly condition. Please help us to spread the word by sharing this blog.

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