Sepsis causes 11 million deaths worldwide each year and World Sepsis Day is an opportunity to unite in the fight against sepsis and raise awareness of the illness and the symptoms to be alert to.
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to infection, which causes the immune system to attack the body. It is a life threatening medical emergency that needs to be treated very quickly to prevent long term consequences and/or death.
To find out more about sepsis, watch this short video.
Sepsis can be hard to spot as there are lots of possible symptoms of the illness that are similar to those of other conditions like the flu or a chest infection.
Sepsis can be particularly difficult to identify in babies and young children.
As time is of the essence if sepsis is suspected, a good way of remembering the symptoms to look out for is to think of the acronym TIME:
When sepsis is confirmed or suspected, the ‘Sepsis Six’ protocol should be followed. This involves all of the following being given/performed within one hour of suspected sepsis or diagnosis:
Recovering from sepsis can take time and some of the most common symptoms experienced after being discharged from hospital are:
Some people will experience the following longer term consequences such as:
The sooner sepsis is treated the less likely an individual is to develop any ongoing symptoms.
Visit the World Sepsis Day website for lots of information on how you can get involved. Due to Covid-19 there will be fewer opportunities to organise face-to-face events, but you can still raise awareness online by getting involved in the World Sepsis Day photo challenge and posting on social media.
To participate in the photo challenge, you can download the photo challenge material from the website linked above, print the photo board you like the best, write your name on it, take a picture, and upload it to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, using the hashtag #WorldSepsisDay and tagging @WorldSepsisDay.