World Sepsis Day 2023

September 13, 2023

Today (13th September) is World Sepsis Day, a global day of raising awareness about Sepsis across the world.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening overreaction to an infection. It used to be known as blood poisoning. Without timely treatment, it can rapidly lead to organ failure and death, but it’s often treatable if caught quickly.

While it primarily affects very young children and older adults, and is also more common in people with underlying health conditions, it can sometimes be triggered in those who are otherwise fit and healthy.

Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis

This World Sepsis Day NHS Sussex are asking people to be Sepsis Savvy by knowing the signs and symptoms of sepsis.

The symptoms of Sepsis vary between adults and children.

child may have Sepsis if they:

  • Are breathing very fast
  • Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion
  • Looks mottled, bluish, or pale
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch

An adult may have Sepsis if they show any of these signs:

Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine (in a day)
Severe breathlessness
It feels like you’re going to die/feeling of ‘impending doom’
Skin mottled or discoloured

Call NHS 111 or contact your GP if you’re worried about an infection. If you suspect Sepsis, call 999 or visit A&E immediately.

Further information and resources about Sepsis

The UK Sepsis Trust have a range of resources for people who have been affected by Sepsis, those who have lost a loved one or anyone who wants to help raise awareness. To access the resources visit their website here.


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