Sepsis

www.sepsistrust.org

Please click here to watch a video on spotting Sepsis in under 5’s.

We are often asked by parents what they need to look out for that might suggest a child (or adult) is deteriorating and needs to be re-assessed.  This link (http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Blood-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx) lists the “red flag” symptoms in Sepsis. Call 999 for Sepsis.

S slurred speech or confusion
E Extreme shivering or muscle pain
P Passing no urine (in a day)
S Severe breathlessness
I It feels like you’re going to die
S Skin mottled or discoloured

You are at greater risk of sepsis if you are:

  • Over 75
  • Under 1
  • Recent minor injury or recent viral illness
  • Extreme frailty
  • Diabetes
  • Chemotherapy
  • Anti-rejection treatment post transplant
  • Other long-term conditions that lower immunity
  • Steroids, sickle cell, RA and splenomegaly
  • Post surgery/instrumentation (6weeks)
  • Pregnancy, TOP, miscarriage, postpartum
  • Indwelling lines eg catheters