Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition, however it can be easily treated if caught early.
Symptoms of sepsis will present differently between adults and children. The information below is to help you identify the symptoms.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. Normally our immune system fights infection – but sometimes, for reasons we don’t yet understand, it attacks our body’s own organs and tissues. If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.
Sepsis can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. There is no one sign, and symptoms present differently between adults and children. Refer to the "How to Spot Sepsis" information on the UK Sepsis Trust About Sepsis page.
Finding out more about sepsis:
NHS Choices has a summary page for useful information.
You can find out more from the website of the UK Sepsis Trust.