Press release – December 16 2016
Parents urged to spot the deadly signs of sepsis
Wye Valley NHS Trust is adding its weight to a nationwide campaign to help parents spot the symptoms of sepsis. The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of young children aged 0-4.
The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that there are more than 120,000 cases of sepsis and around 37,000 deaths each year in England.
Sepsis is triggered by an infection, where the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions that can lead to organ failure, and in some cases, death.
Medical director at Wye Valley NHS Trust Dr Charles Ashton said: “Sepsis is a life threatening condition and parents should be aware of the symptoms as, if, caught early it can be treated with no lasting effects.”
He added that acting quickly is important and if a parent’s child is showing the following symptoms, they should bring them to the Emergency Department or call 999:
- mottled, bluish or pale
- very lethargic or difficult to wake
- abnormally cold to touch
- breathing very fast
- a rash that does not fade when you press it
- a fit or convulsion
Sepsis – key information:
- The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that more than 120,000 people suffer from sepsis each year
- They estimate there are around 37,000 deaths from sepsis each year
- Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection, where the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions that can lead to organ failure, and in some cases, death
- Anyone can develop sepsis after an injury or minor infection, although some people are at higher risk such as those with a weakened immune system, a serious illness, the very young or very old, or those who have just had surgery or wounds as a result of an accident
Note to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact: John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Amanda Millichip, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.