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Learn the signs of Sepsis, 'the deadliest killer you've never heard of'

Updated: Sep 13, 2018

Did you know that sepsis kills 9 million people a year worldwide and 123,000 people in the UK? This amounts to one person dying every 3.5 seconds worldwide.

And did you know that Sepsis quickly causes the catastrophic failure of multiple organ systems?

What about the fact that Sepsis frequently and quickly results in death, loss of limbs and permanent disability Did you know this?

If you answered 'no' to the above questions, you're not alone. Sepsis is called the “deadliest killer you’ve never heard of” because so few people know about it and don't get medical intervention quick enough. Today is World Sepsis Day, a day to raise awareness to reduce the impact of the disease as, if treated quickly, full recovery can be made.

Sepsis occurs when the body is fighting infection and the immune system starts to attack the body, damaging tissues and organs, causing widespread inflammation, leaky blood vessels, and abnormal blood clotting resulting in organ damage. While sepsis is more likely to affect very young children, older adults, people with chronic diseases, and those with a weakened immune system, sepsis is an equal-opportunity killer impacting people of all ages and levels of health.

Early recognition and treatment is vital. THE SIGNS OF SEPSIS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

  • feeling dizzy or faint

  • fever or chills

  • confusion or disorientation

  • diarrhoea.

  • nausea and vomiting

  • slurred speech. severe muscle pain.

  • severe breathlessness.

  • less urine production than normal

  • a rash

If someone has any combination of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Please learn these signs of Sepsis and share this post to raise as much awareness as possible. I know people that have lost family very quickly to this disease because they didn't know the signs and didn't get medical attention quick enough.

This should no longer be called 'the deadliest killer you've never heard of' but the condition that is known and treated quickly.

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