Sepsis – Signs and Symptoms

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We recently came across this article online on BBC News and deemed it worthy of sharing:

Article Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48353222

Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection which is responsible for 52,000 deaths in the UK each year. If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death. So, it is vitally important to recognise signs and symptoms early and treat promptly.

Unfortunately sepsis can be a difficult condition to recognise and often takes a while to diagnose. However, there are signs and symptoms to look out for which indicate a casualty is becoming seriously unwell. Here are some of the signs and symptoms that you should watch out for:

  • Feverish and shivering
  • Passing no urine in a day
  • Feeling extremely unwell
  • Severe breathlessness
  • Skin looks mottled, bluish or has very pale skin
  • Cold, clammy, pale or mottled skin
  • Slurred speech

In children:

  • Very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Mottled, bluish or pale skin
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Fast breathing
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it – Never wait for a rash to appear as it does not always present, and it is often a very late sign.
  • Has a fit or convulsion
  • Unable to pass urine

What to do

It is vital that you to seek medical advice if you think you have these symptoms, or something isn’t right. Sepsis can be hard to recognise at first and quite often the signs and symptoms can be missed. It is important to follow your instincts and get help immediately if you are concerned. Even if you have been sent home by the hospital or you’re GP Surgery and things are becoming worse, go back and tell them that you are worried.

Further information can be found: https://sepsistrust.org/

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