20/07/2017 15:17:30

Raising awareness of sepsis

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition that can affect an estimated 150,000 people per year in the UK.1 Over 70 percent of these cases arise in the community. Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection causes injury to the body’s own organs and tissues, and it can lead to multiple organ failure and death if not recognised early and treated quickly. For those who do survive, they may suffer from long-term physical and mental problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive problems, chronic pain and organ dysfunction.2

On 22 November 2016, a national campaign designed by the UK Sepsis Trust and delivered in partnership with NHS England was launched. The campaign aims to encourage all healthcare professionals to act quickly when they recognise sepsis, in order to increase the speed in which the condition can be diagnosed and treated.

Health Education England (HEE) committed to taking steps to ensure that relevant training and learning resources are available to support healthcare staff to be competent in the recognition of and response to sepsis.

Through this a number of resources were developed, and you can now access them through our website.


  1. UK Sepsis Trust. Our statistics and why it matters - March 2016.
  2. Royal College of Nursing. Sepsis.


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