World Sepsis Day – 13th September 2023

Raising Awareness on World Sepsis Day

Today we mark World Sepsis Day, a global event to raise awareness about this life-threatening condition. Sepsis is a medical emergency that effects millions of people a year, yet it often goes unnoticed until it is too late. However, the good news is, sepsis is preventable and treatable if it is caught early.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a severe response to an infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and possibly death. Sepsis can affect all of us, from infants to the elderly and it can arise in common infections such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia, or even small cuts and scrapes.

It is crucial to detect symptoms as they occur as it will be crucial in treating sepsis effectively.

Look out for the following signs:

  • Fever or hypothermia (low body temperature)
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Confusion or altered mental state
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Low blood pressure
  • Swelling or pain at the site of infection

If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Sepsis progresses rapidly and each moment will count.

What can be done to prevent Sepsis?

Although sepsis is life-threatening, it can be prevented through good hygiene, proper wound care, and receiving appropriate vaccinations. If you have a weakened immune system, then you will need to take extra care to avoid infections.

How can you help?

Sepsis can affect any one of us, so it’s important to raise awareness. Familiarise yourself with the symptoms of sepsis and share this post to educate friends, family, and your community. It is important that sepsis is detected early. Join us to help save lives.

Page updated: 13th September 2023