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Would you spot the signs of SEPSIS?

Despite being on the increase, until recently sepsis wasn’t on the radar for most of us. Jo Waters explains why knowing the symptoms and getting early treatment if you spot them could make all the difference to a full recovery

SOMETHING AS TRIVIAL AS A MINOR CUT OR SORE THROAT, or as common as a surgery wound, chest infection, stomach bug or urinary tract infection (UTI) can develop into life-threatening sepsis – and it’s a growing problem in the UK.

‘Sepsis isn’t one disease, but the result of your body’s immune system going into overdrive in response to an infection or injury,’ says Dr Ron Daniels, a consultant in critical care at Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust and chief executive of The UK Sepsis Trust. ‘Normally our immune system fights off infection, but sometimes it starts attacking the body’s own tissues and organs, resulting in organ failure and death.’

Around 250,000 people in the UK develop sepsis every year, and it accounts for more than one in four intensive care admissions. Yet the symptoms aren’t as well recognised as those of a heart attack or meningitis. TV presenter Fern Britton, 61, is one highprofile celebrity who developed sepsis – in her case, as the result of an abscess following a hysterectomy to remove fibroids in 2016. She suffered nausea, shivering, muscle and joint pain and pneumonia.

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