• Paul

Sepsis - you need to know this...

Some stats -

25,000 children are effected by sepsis each year.

1/4 of everyone that suffers from Sepsis is left with permanent, life changing effects.

5 people in the UK every hour die from Sepsis.

So if it is that serious why don't more of us know about it?? It's amazing that most of the people we talk to on our courses don't know about it or simply haven't heard of it. So what is Sepsis?

Sepsis, which is sometimes known as blood poisoning, is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. Our body's immune system normally fights infection – but sometimes, for which doctors don't fully understand, it turns on our body’s own organs and tissues. If sepsis isn't treated immediately, it can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.

Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis

It's important to know that there is no one sign or symptoms, they also differ between adults, children and infants. Sepsis can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection, which makes it really difficult to spot in early stages.


Seek medical help urgently if you (or another adult) develop any of these signs:

  • Slurred speech or confusion

  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain

  • Passing no urine (in a day)

  • Severe breathlessness

  • It feels like you’re going to die

  • Skin mottled or discoloured


If your child is unwell with either a fever or very low temperature (or has had a fever in the last 24 hours), call 999 and just ask: could it be sepsis?

A child may have sepsis if he or she:

  1. Is breathing very fast

  2. Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion

  3. Looks mottled, bluish, or pale

  4. Has a rash that does not fade when you press it

  5. Is very lethargic or difficult to wake

  6. Feels abnormally cold to touch

A child under 5 may have sepsis if he or she:

  1. Is not feeding

  2. Is vomiting repeatedly

  3. Has not passed urine for 12 hours


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