Sepsis is something I have fought multiple times over the last year to eighteen months. Sepsis is life-threatening and more people need to be made aware of its symptoms, so it can be identified and treated early.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis (blood poisoning) is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection. The immune system normally fights off infection, but Sepsis develops when the immune system attacks the body instead of healing it. If Sepsis is not treated immediately, it can result in organ failure or even death. If you catch the symptoms early enough, it can be treated with strong courses of antibiotics.

– Sepsis Trust

Please do not forget that Sepsis can attack anyone, but certain people are more susceptible to it. For example; those with autoimmune diseases, the elderly, terminally/chronically ill and children. Sepsis does not discriminate.

Signs of Sepsis in Adults?

  1. Low or High Temperature
  2. Confusion or Slurred Speech
  3. Not had a wee in 24 hours
  4. Very Breathless
  5. Skin Discolouration or Rash
  6. The feeling that you are going to or want to die

If you or someone you care for feels these symptoms, seek URGENT medical assistance. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry. Call 999, you are not wasting anyone’s time if you suspect sepsis.

Signs of Sepsis in Children?

  1. Rapid Breathing
  2. Appear to be fitting or having limited control of their body
  3. Low or High Temperature
  4. Not had a wee in 12-24 hours
  5. Blue or Pale Skin – or a Rash
  6. Difficult to wake up

Signs of Sepsis in Children Under 5 & Babies?

All the above signs, including;

  1. Not Feeding
  2. Abnormally Cold
  3. Violently Vomiting
  4. Not had a wee in 12 hours

Sepsis FACTS

  • Every year in the UK, 25,000 Children develop Sepsis
  • In the UK, 1/4 of all Sepsis survivors have long-lasting damage to their bodies, as a direct result of Sepsis
  • Every hour, 5 people die from Sepsis in the UK

Common Infections Linked to Sepsis

  • Chest Infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Bladder Infection
  • Burst Ulcers
  • Infected Cut or Bite
  • Surgical Wounds
  • Cellulitis
For more information, contact The Sepsis Trust UK

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Ella Hollis

Trying to find normality amongst multiple chronic illnesses.

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