Hospital is to launch blitz on sepsis
7:40am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Latest News
STAFF at Great Western Hospital are celebrating World Sepsis Day on Friday with the launch of a lifesaving campaign – The Sepsis Six - to tackle the condition which claims over 37,000 lives a year.
The campaign also aims to raise awareness of sepsis among staff and local people.
Sepsis, known as septicaemia or blood poisoning, is the body’s reaction to an infection where it attacks its own tissues. It can start from a minor infection, such as a chest or urine infection or an infected bite or wound and is difficult to diagnose.
The sooner treatment begins, the better the outcome. If not treated within six hours it can be fatal.
Sepsis Six is a package of critical interventions performed in the first hour of severe sepsis being diagnosed. Including antibiotics and intravenous fluids, these can increase the chance of survival by up to 30 per cent.
If you have any infection, however minor, and you notice symptoms, phone 999. Visit http://sepsistrust.org for more information.