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Leicester’s Hospitals mark World Sepsis Day – Tuesday 13 September 2016

John Parker - Sepsis Aware Campaign

In support of Sepsis Awareness Month, Leicester’s Hospitals Sepsis Lead Consultant John Parker and Sepsis Specialist Nurse Sarah Odams hosted a free ‘Marvellous Medicine’ Talk on World Sepsis Day, Tuesday 13 September at 6.00pm – 8.00pm at the Clinical Education Centre, Leicester General Hospital. They invited two former patients to talk about their experience of recovering from sepsis and over 40 people attended the talk

The event which was free and open to the general public, highlighted the signs and treatment of sepsis.  

“The figures are huge” says John Parker, “every year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of Sepsis, resulting in a staggering 44,000 deaths – more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined.  

"Unfortunately the initial signs are often ignored, an individual may say “I just felt like I had a bout of flu, stomach upset or chest infection” and so people don’t get any medical attention.  Early diagnosis is essential, so we want to highlight the signs of Sepsis and raise its awareness."

“It’s important to remember that sepsis is a medical emergency. Every minute and hour counts, especially since the infection can spread quickly. There’s no one symptom of sepsis, but rather it has a combination of symptoms.”

Sepsis is caused by the way the body responds to germs, such as bacteria, getting into your body. The infection may have started anywhere in a sufferer’s body, and may be only in one part of the body or it may be widespread. Sepsis can occur following chest or water infections, problems in the abdomen like burst ulcers, or simple skin injuries like cuts and bites.

“A lot of people will more readily know sepsis as septicaemia or blood poisoning and whilst diagnosis and treatment can be different for adult and children".  The basic signs to look out for are:

S lurred speech 

E xtreme shivering or muscle pain 

P assing no urine (in a day) 

S evere breathlessness 

I feel like I might die 

S kin mottled or discoloured

Throughout the day, across the hospitals three sites, staff were on hand to talk about sepsis and potential indicators; giving out patient information leaflets and symptom cards.

If you suspect sepsis, get medical attention immediately.

For further information visit www.leicestershospitals/sepsis or visit sepsistrust.org