World Sepsis Day
September is a huge month for raising awareness of sepsis as we strive to help prevent some of the 50,000 sepsis deaths that occur every year in the UK.
Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening reaction to an infection.
When sepsis strikes, the immune system overreacts and starts attacking not just the infection, but everything else around it including the body’s own tissues and organs. Any type of infection — bacterial, viral or fungal — can lead to sepsis.
Sepsis is the number one cause of preventable death in the world. It is an indiscriminate, deadly condition that can kill a previously healthy adult in a matter of hours – and that’s despite all the advances in vaccines, antibiotics and intensive care.
Sepsis is one of the least well-recognised medical conditions and can be hard to diagnose due to the similarity of symptoms in other illnesses.
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