World Sepsis Day – 13 September 2023

As World Sepsis Day approaches (on 13 September), we have set up this post to raise awareness by giving people a basic understanding of Sepsis and knowledge of signs and symptoms.

“Sepsis is a rare but serious overreaction of the body’s immune system to an infection, which can cause damage to the body’s cells and organs. The speed at which it can progress is rapid. If not recognised and treated quickly, sepsis can result in septic shock and death. Sepsis can affect anyone at any time, although certain people are deemed more at risk than others.

Having an understanding of what sepsis may look like can improve your ability to spot it and get help to treat it quickly and improve the outcomes for patients / people in your care. I would encourage everyone to watch the videos to gain an understanding of what sepsis is, what it may look like and what you can do about it. This can help you both in your workplace and personal life. Remember ‘Think Sepsis’ and Just ask ‘Could it be Sepsis?’”

Tracy Kilbourn, Sepsis Nurse, Southend Hospital, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition which occurs when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It primarily affects very young children and older adults and is notably more common in people with underlying health conditions, but can sometimes be triggered in those who are otherwise fit and healthy.

Sepsis always starts with an infection and can be triggered by any infection including chest infections and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). The earlier that it can be diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of survival and of fewer complications.

People with learning disabilities are more at risk from sepsis than other people and are at higher risk of infection – getting sicker, faster. So earlier this year we ran training sessions for carers of people with learning disabilities to help them to spot the signs of sepsis and other related conditions including UTIs, Long Covid and pneumonia.

The picture below has information on the signs of Sepsis –

For further information on Sepsis please click on the links below –