World Sepsis Day

13.09.2024

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s way of responding to an infection. It can be a life-threatening medical emergency. Although, it can be hard to spot there are a lot of potential symptoms that can be mistaken for other problems such as a chest infection or flu.

Red flag symptoms in young children;

  • Blue, grey or molted skin
  • A rash that does not fade – glass test (think meningitis)
  • Difficulty breathing – grunting, fast breathing, look out for sucking under the ribs
  • A weak or high pitched cry
  • Lethargic – not as responsive as normal
  • Sleepier than normal and difficult to wake
  • Fewer feeds and wet nappies

Red flag symptoms in adults and older children;

  • Confusion – difficulty in understanding them
  • Slurred speech
  • A rash that does not fade – glass test
  • Difficulty breathing – breathlessness or fast breathing

*Not all of the symptoms above are listed*

If in doubt contact 999 or head straight to A&E

Since World Sepsis Day movement in 2012 sepsis awareness has increased significantly worldwide and has made the fight against Sepsis tangible.

Few Countries have made Sepsis a priority as requested in the World Health Organisation (WHO) sepsis resolution.

The awareness day holds an annual event in Berlin and also online.

For your chance to get involved via online please use the link below;

WSD Event 2023 — World Sepsis Day – September 13