World Sepsis Day 2015


Sunday, September 13 is World Sepsis Day. Sepsis is a common condition often triggered by an infection, but it can be life threatening if not spotted and treated quickly by medical professionals.Raising awareness of the symptoms of sepsis and its dangers is something we believe is extremely important.

World Sepsis Day 2015

What is Sepsis and Why Do I Need to Know?

The condition is an inflammatory response and sends our immune system into overdrive. It causes blood clotting and swelling, and severe sepsis is so dangerous because a drop in blood pressure can cause organ failure.The NHS website says the early signs and symptoms of sepsis can include:

  • High temperature
  • Chills and shivering
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fast breathing

It's vital to raise awareness of sepsis because virtually anyone who has suffered an injury or an infection can be at risk. Although those with weaker immune systems and the young and old are most at risk, it can still be triggered even by a minor infection, wound or injury.

When Sepsis Isn't Treated Properly

One of our Associate Solicitors specialising in Medical Negligence, works closely with patients and families who have been injured and lost loved ones to sepsis when there has been a delay in diagnosis and treatment which has caused serious harm.

He acted for the family of Carly Rebecca Harper, who sadly died from sepsis after Carly underwent a procedure to prevent her from going into premature labour. Carly died as a result of negligent medical treatment when the hospital failed to recognise and treat severe sepsis.

Dr Ron Daniels, CEO of the Global Sepsis Alliance and the UK Sepsis Trust, developed the 'Sepsis Six' which is a checklist for medical professionals to follow when administering treatment for sepsis. Dr Daniels has said to the Daily Mail (Sept 2013) that at least 12,500 lives could be saved each year if hospitals improved procedures to appropriately diagnose and treat sepsis.

Raising Awareness

Take part in raising awareness by using the hashtag #WorldSepsisDay on September 13th. The UK Sepsis Trust has earlier this week also supported the launch of the novel Three-and-a-Half Heartbeats by Mrs Amanda Prowse, about a family torn apart by sepsis. Every penny from each sale will be going to the Trust.

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