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    SEPSIS – Could you recognise the symptoms?

    Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. The most common sites of infection leading to sepsis are the lungs, urinary tract, tummy (abdomen) and pelvis.

    Sepsis symptoms in children under five

    • looks mottled, bluish or pale
    • is very lethargic or difficult to wake
    • feels abnormally cold to touch
    • is breathing very fast
    • has a rash that does not fade when you press it
    • has a fit or convulsion

    Sepsis symptoms in older children and adults

    Early symptoms of sepsis may include:

    • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
    • chills and shivering
    • a fast heartbeat
    • fast breathing

    Who are at risk?

    Everybody is potentially at risk of developing sepsis from minor infections. However, some people are more vulnerable, including people who:

    • have a medical condition that weakens their immune system – such as HIV or leukaemia
    • are receiving medical treatment that weakens their immune system – such as chemotherapy or long-term steroids
    • are very young or very old
    • are pregnant
    • have a long-term health condition – such as diabetes
    • have just had surgery, or have wounds or injuries as a result of an accident
    • are on mechanical ventilation – where a machine is used to help you breathe
    • have drips or catheters attached to their skin
    • are genetically prone to infections

    Go straight to A&E or call 999 if you’re having any of the above symptoms!


    Sources:
    NHS UK
    Sepsis Trust
    World Sepsis Day