Are you Sepsis Aware?

Every year, 44,000 Deaths in the UK are related to Sepsis. We commonly hear people asking a lot of questions in relation to Sepsis and the people they support, family members and children.

The most common question our training team are asked is “How do we stop Sepsis?”

Like any emergency medical condition, early recognition is key to the survivability and long term prospects of any individual. To understand how to spot the early signs of Sepsis, one must understand what is Sepsis.

Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to an infection. The symptoms can be quite hard to spot to the untrained eye.

It happens when your immune system overreacts to an infection and starts to damage your body’s own tissues and organs.

You cannot catch sepsis from another person.

Sepsis is sometimes called septicaemia or blood poisoning. This can affect people of all ages and can be fatal if left untreated.

When to get help for children:

Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if a baby or young child has any of these symptoms of sepsis:

  • blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
  • a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it, the same as meningitis
  • difficulty breathing (you may notice grunting noises or their stomach sucking under their ribcage), breathlessness or breathing very fast
  • a weak, high-pitched cry that’s not like their normal cry
  • not responding like they normally do, or not interested in feeding or normal activities
  • being sleepier than normal or difficult to wake

They may not have all these symptoms. If you are in doubt, then call 999. Do not leave to chance or think that it may be viral and will pass. It may not.

What about older children or adults?

Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if an adult or older child has any of these symptoms of sepsis:

  • acting confused, slurred speech or not making sense
  • blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
  • a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it, the same as meningitis
  • difficulty breathing, breathlessness or breathing very fast

They may not have all these symptoms.

The quicker an individual with a suspected diagnosis of Sepsis can get emergency treatment, the greater the chance of survival.

Here at White’s Training Services, we have been delivering our Sepsis Awareness Training to a lot of our clients, to help keep the people they support safe and induce confidence into the teams who are delivering the support.

Speak to our team on 01255 446655 or email us at info@whitestraining.uk for more information on our Sepsis Awareness and Sepsis Clinical Training Courses.

Photo Credits: NHS & The UK Sepsis Trust.