Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a rare and potentially life-threatening condition in which the body’s immune system goes into overdrive after an infection or injury. It’s difficult to diagnose because it can look just like many common illnesses such as the flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection.
What can you do?
You should seek medical advice immediately so that sepsis can be considered if you feel ill and you also have one or more of these symptoms:
- S lurred speech
- E xtreme shivering or muscle pain
- P assing no urine (in a day)
- S evere breathlessness
- “I feel that I might die”
- S kin mottled or discoloured
For more information visit the Sepsis Trust website.