SEPSIS, also known as blood poisoning, is the reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs and tissues.
What is Sepsis
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition, however it can be easily treated if caught early.
Symptoms of sepsis will present differently between adults and children. The information below is to help you identify the symptoms.
How do I spot Sepsis
Sepsis could occur as the result of any infection. There is no one sign for sepsis.
Sepsis is a serious condition that can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection.
Seek medical help urgently if you develop any of the following:
- Slurred speech or confusion
- Extreme shivering or muscle pain
- Passing no urine (in a day)
- Severe breathlessness
- It feels like you’re going to die
- Skin mottled or discoloured
World Sepsis Day 2018 was the biggest yet, with countless events in all parts of the world.
There were events for medical professionals, sport activities, photo exhibitions, pink picnics, gala events, dinners, public events such as open days in hospitals and healthcare facilities, and of course online events such as the ‘2nd World Sepsis Congress‘, and campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat, Peach and many more social networks.
Sepsis in children
If your child is unwell with either a fever or very low temperature (or has had a fever in the last 24 hours), just ask: could it be sepsis?
Any child who:
– 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
Might have sepsis. Call 999 and just ask: could it be sepsis?
Any child under 5 who:
– Is not feeding
– Is vomiting repeatedly
– Hasn’t had a wee or wet nappy for 12 hours
Might have sepsis. If you’re worried they’re deteriorating call 111 or see your GP.
View Melissa Mead’s Sepsis video below