UK SEPSIS TRUST, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND (PHE) LAUNCH NATIONAL SEPSIS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
The UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) has collaborated with Secretary of State for Health and PHE to deliver a nationwide public health awareness campaign on sepsis
Jeremy Hunt and UKST ambassador Melissa Mead, who lost her 12 month old son William to sepsis in 2014, will launch the initiative. Leaflets and posters will be distributed across the country to empower parents to recognise sepsis symptoms in their children and seek medical attention urgently.
Sepsis affects 120,000 people and claims 37,000 lives every year in England.
Millions of leaflets and posters will be in GP surgeries, hospitals and pharmacies across the country starting tomorrow that urge parents to call 999 or take their child to A&E if they display any of the following signs:
• Looks mottled, bluish or pale
• Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
• Feels abnormally cold to touch
• Is breathing very fast
• Has a rush that does not fade when you press it
• Has a fit or convulsion
Please see campaign materials below.
Dr Ron Daniels BEM, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, comments: “With sepsis claiming over 37,000 lives each year in England, this awareness campaign is a crucial step forward. Clinicians and members of the public can save thousands of lives every year if they just ask: could it be sepsis?”
“The UK Sepsis Trust welcomes this initiative, but system-wide improvements to sepsis care must follow. We’re delighted to have developed campaign materials that will empower parents to identify sepsis symptoms in their children and seek medical attention immediately.”