Sepsis, a condition reported today by the BBC as "the biggest killer you've never heard of," can cause debilitating, life long physical and psychological problems, or fatality, if its not diagnosed and treated quickly.
So, what should you know about it?
The six symptoms to be aware of:
- slurred speech
- extreme shivering or muscle pain
- passing no urine in a day
- severe breathlessness
- "I feel like I might die"
- skin mottled or discoloured
Symptoms in young children include:
- looks mottled, bluish or pale
- very lethargic or difficult to wake
- abnormally cold to touch
- breathing very fast
- a rash that does not fade when you press it
- a seizure or convulsion
The question you need to ask your doctor - "could this be sepsis?"
NICE guidance is urging hospital staff to treat patients with sepsis symptoms within the hour to improve their outcome.
Sadly, we act for a number of clients and families who have been affected by sepsis and its devastating consequences. Their injuries and bereavements could have been avoided with prompt treatment.
The current drive to increase awareness of this condition is crucial to improve survival rates and reduce the risk of injuries such as amputation.
Boyes Turner are proud to support the UK Sepsis Trust with their campaign. The hope is that together we can help bring an end to the suffering caused by this devastating condition
Professor Gillian Leng, NICE deputy chief executive, said: “Severe symptoms can develop in sepsis very quickly. If high-risk patients are not identified and treated promptly, people can be left with debilitating problems. In the worst cases, they may die. “This quality standard highlights priorities in the continued fight to improve sepsis care. We know from recent case reviews that there are inconsistencies in how people’s symptoms are assessed in different settings. More can be done to provide rapid treatment.”