Somerset parents urged to spot the deadly signs of sepsis
Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the national campaign launched by Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, and supported by UK Sepsis Trust, to raise awareness of the key symptoms of sepsis amongst parents of children aged 0-4.
What is sepsis?
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.
Sepsis is responsible for around 37,000 deaths in the UK each year, but around 10,000 could be avoided though prevention or early accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
Anyone can get sepsis, but young children aged 0-4 are particularly at risk.
What are the symptoms?
Acting quickly could save a child’s life. The campaign encourages parents of children aged 0-4 to go to A&E immediately or call 999 if they have any of the following symptoms:
- Looks mottled, bluish or pale
- Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
- Feels abnormally cold to touch
- Is breathing very fast
- Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
- Has a fit or convulsion
Find out more
For more information on sepsis visit www.nhs.uk/sepsis or www.sepsistrust.org