Sepsis - What Is It And What To Look Out For....

Sepsis is the immune system's overreaction to an infection or injury.

Normally our immune system fights infection but sometimes, for reasons we don't yet understand, it attacks our body's own organs and tissues. If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated effectively with antibiotics. Often Sepsis symptoms can lead to more prevalent diagnosis which can waste precious time, so remember be direct ask the simple question,

Could it be Sepsis?

The figures show that 25,000 children are affected by Sepsis each year in the UK, 1 in 4 of all Sepsis survivors suffer permanent, life-changing after effects and 5 people are killed every hour in the UK as a result of Sepsis.(UK Sepsis Trust)



Slurred speech or confusion

Extreme shivering or muscle pain

Passing no urine (in a day)

Severe breathlessness, palpitations, shortness of breath or racing heartbeat

It feels like your going to die

Skin mottled or discoloured

How to Spot Sepsis in Children - if in doubt just ask 'Could it be Sepsis?'

  1. Are they breathing very fast?
  2. Are they fitting or having a convulsion?
  3. Do they look blue or pale?
  4. Is there a rash that does not fade when you press it?
  5. Are they lethargic or difficult to wake?
  6. Do they Feel abnormally cold to touch?
A Child under 5 may have Sepsis if he or she is;
  1. Not Feeding
  2. Vomiting repeatedly
  3. Has not passed urine for 12 hours
Further symptoms and info available from NHS Sepsis Website

Go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child has any of these symptoms.

People most at risk of sepsis include those:
  • With a medical condition or receiving medical treatment that weakens their immune system
  • Who are already in hospital with a serious illness
  • Who are very young or very old
  • Who have just had surgery or who have wounds or injuries as a result of an accident

If concerned and require advice call NHS 111 and consult NHS Sepsis website (UK Sepsis Trust) Have you had any experiences with Sepsis?

Let us know in the comments section below.



Doreen Bass

Only knew about after being discharged from hospital! It was never mentioned

Pauline Brown

I’ve just survived sepsis. Fortunately I was already in the hospital with a medical issue. It was caught in time and I was given the appropriate antibiotics and thankfully made a full recovery.

Zoe Davies

I survived sepsis almost 2 years ago, I had no symptoms of any illness, just suddenly felt really cold and started shaking, couldn’t even speak my voice was so shaky, I then vomited, I called 111 they sent a paramedic, who then called an ambulance, in AandE I became unconscious and was given adrenaline in my vien, after several tests and a head scan I was taken up to critical care, they still didn’t know I had sepsis, finally they found an antibiotic that worked, turned out it was a kidney infection ,it was a very scary time for me pancreatic, heart condition, we’re both suggested. I was lucky, but shocked to hear it could happen again.

Julie Durkin

My dad passed away from this the care home he was in was wiating for an infection to show its self

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