Scottish Government: Recognising the symptoms of sepsis could save a life
Advertorial: Recognising the symptoms of sepsis could save a life.
Sepsis. Do you know what it is? More importantly, do you know the symptoms? Sepsis is a life threatening illness, each year it accounts for more deaths than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. In total, six Scots die from sepsis every day – that’s one every four hours. Anyone can fall ill to sepsis, regardless of age or general health condition and early diagnosis and action are vital.
Symptoms of sepsis:
- Very high or low temperature
- Uncontrolled shivering
- Cold or blotchy hands and feet
- Not passing as much urine as normal
If you are suffering from a combination of the above symptoms of sepsis, and have recently had an infection or injury, you should phone NHS 24 on 111 and ask ‘is this sepsis?’
Sepsis is a medical emergency and if you or someone you care about has a rapid progression of these symptoms call 999. It could save a life. For more information on sepsis please visit www.nhsinform.scot/sepsis