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Sepsis guidance

Sepsis guidance

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. If not identified and treated quickly, it can lead rapidly to organ failure and death, and leaves thousands of survivors with li​fe-changing disabilities.

The UK Sepsis Trust, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Public Health England, has released this leaflet to help you assess your child's health and identify sepsis, so that you know when to ask for help and can describe the symptoms. It follows on from a leaflet created by health partners in South Devon and Torbay.​

The leaflets and similar posters are being distributed to GP surgeries, hospitals and pharmacies, urging parents to call 999 or take their child to A&E if they display any of the following signs:

  • If someone looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • If they are very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • If they feel abnormally cold to touch
  • If they are breathing very fast
  • If they have a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • If they have a fit or convulsion
Sepsis Trust leaflet

​Further information is available here.

The video below features Melissa Mead, whose son William died of sepsis.