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SEPIS CAMPAIGN BRIEFING

 Sepsis Campaign Briefing

 ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN  

 The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has launched a new sepsis

awareness campaign.   The campaign delivered by Public Health England (PHE) in partnership with the UK Sepsis Trust aims to improve awareness of the symptoms of sepsis amongst parents and carers of children aged 0-4 so that they know when so seek urgent medical help.

 Acting quickly could save a child’s life. The campaign encourages parents and carers  to go to A&E immediately or call 999 if they have any of the following symptoms:

 Looks mottled, bluish or pale

  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

 The campaign which runs until February 2017 will involve a range of activities including the release of a series of new symptom awareness films led by Melissa Mead who lost her son William to sepsis in December 2014. The campaign is also supported by other families who have been affected by the condition, including Hayley Astley whose daughter Layla contracted sepsis aged 13 weeks and Patrick Kane, now 19, who developed the condition aged nine months.

 For more information visit nhs.uk/sepsis or sepsistrust.org

 KEY MESSAGES

 The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt has launched a new sepsis awareness campaign, in partnership with Public Health England and the UK Sepsis Trust

  • The campaign, which is part of a bigger drive across NHS England to tackle sepsis, aims to increase awareness of the key signs and symptoms of sepsis, particularly amongst parents and carers of children aged 0-4, and encourage them to take immediate action
  • Anyone can get sepsis, but young children aged 0-4 are an at risk group
  • If a child has any of these symptoms, immediate action should be taken:

 

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

 

  • Acting quickly can save a child’s life
  • If a child has any of these symptoms, don’t be afraid to go to A&E immediately or call 999
  • The number of people developing sepsis is increasing, the UK Sepsis Trust estimate there are around 123,000 (including children aged 0 – 4 years) cases each year in England.
  • The UK Sepsis Trust estimate that around 37,000 deaths (including children aged 0 – 4 years) each year are associated with the condition, but around 10,000 could be avoided through prevention or early accurate diagnosis and effective treatment
  • Between January and December 2015 there were 494 hospital admissions within Liverpool due to Sepsis.  33 of these admissions were for those aged under 19 years
  • Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection, where the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions that can lead to organ failure, and in some cases, death.

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