Sepsis Awareness

Posted : 10 February 2017

You may or may not have heard the word Sepsis before. The sad truth is a lot of us haven’t and are not aware of the key symptoms.

​I recently joined a group of Bupa Nurses at Bupa Cromwell Hospital for a Sepsis awareness training day, which was organized and lead by Practice Development Lead Nurse, Diana Niland. The day was focused on increasing the awareness of Sepsis symptoms, knowing vital signs and the importance of acting quickly if Sepsis is suspected in a patient. We heard from numerous professionals throughout the day which kept the information engaging and varied.




Georgina McNamara, the Executive Lead for Education from UK Sepsis Trust joined us on the day sharing real life examples and stories of those affected by Sepsis. 


What is Sepsis?


  • Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs.
  • Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection. Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death (NHS).


What did the day focus on?


  • Sepsis: the clinical information
  • Sepsis in paediatrics
  • Infection control: Measures to reduce risk of sepsis
  • Sepsis: The Hidden Killer
  • The deteriorating adult
  • The deteriorating child
  • Pharmacist  input and antibiotics stewardship
  • Neutropenic Sepsis
  • The Sepsis Screening Tool and the Sepsis Six
  • Improving awareness in staff and patients


Who is at risk?


There are around 123,000 cases of sepsis a year in England. Around 37,000 people die every year as a result of the condition (NHS).


The six symptoms of sepsis:


Severe shortness of breath
Extremely cold hands or feet
Palpitations or racing heart
Slurred speech
"I have never felt so bad”
Shivering uncontrollably


Since the training day my awareness of Sepsis has dramatically increased and I found the day extremely useful. This course was fantastic and allowed our clinicians to reflect on their own practice and how we can be better equipped to deal with Sepsis.



If you would like to find out more about Sepsis or would like to show interest in attending a potential future CPD event, then please do get in touch:




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