Sepsis

(Also known as blood poisoning)

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by an extreme response to an infection.

If you think you may have sepsis, you should speak with emergency services immediately. Septic shock can kill in as little as 12 hours, so you need to act fast.

You might have sepsis if you have:

High fever
Rapid heartbeat
Confusion or disorientation
  • Bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), pneumonia, or infections in the abdomen
  • Fungal or viral infections
  • High fever or hypothermia (low body temperature)
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Decreased urine output

If you think you or someone close to you has sepsis, call emergency services straight away.

It is a life-threatening condition where acting quickly improves your chances of survival. For more information, visit the official NHS website

A 3d illustration of sepsis in the blood.

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