Approximately 44,000 people die of sepsis every year in the UK, that is a higher mortality rate than from heart attacks and some common cancers. Early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis is vital to saving lives and recent studies indicate that as many as 14,000 lives could be saved by better care.
Sadly despite timely medical intervention, sepsis can still have life changing consequences such as amputation as Jayne here has undergone, brain injury and permanent organ failure.
As a partner of the UK Sepsis Trust, we support the charity campaign for better sepsis care, raise sepsis awareness and help individuals and families affected by sepsis.
Sadly Jayne's story isn’t a one-off, but we hope that sepsis awareness campaigns and the 2016 guidelines will help prevent future tragedies and these life changing injuries.
A ROYAL Gwent Hospital nurse who lost both legs, an arm and four fingers because of sepsis is now living at home and walking. Jayne Carpenter, 49, who had been working at the Royal Gwent Hospital since 1991, suffered from sepsis - a condition where the body's immune system goes into overdrive trying to fight an infection – at the end of April. Because of sepsis, Mrs Carpenter was on a ventilator and heavily sedated for nine weeks. When her limbs started to gangrene, the surgeons carried out the triple amputation to save her life.