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Sepsis kills 1 in 5 people worldwide

Terrifying statistics show that Sepsis causes 1 in 5 deaths worldwide. The number of people who die from sepsis each year, exceeds all deaths from Prostate, Lung and Breast Cancer combined. Sepsis is when the body’s immune system over reacts to an infection and starts to fight healthy tissue and organs, leading to organ failure and death.

International research published in The Lancet estimates that the number of deaths from Sepsis has doubled from 2016 to 2017. In 2016 there were 5.3 million deaths and 19.4 million cases. But in 2017 the number of deaths massively jumped to 11 million and over 48.9 million cases across 195 countries. Although Sepsis is the number one killer, public awareness, although growing, is still relatively low. Hopefully the shocking findings will help raise awareness and save lives.

Dr Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, said Sepsis is responsible for killing up to 47,860 people a year in the UK.  The death rate is higher than countries such as Spain, France and Canada.

Experts have warned that failure to find new ways to tackle antibiotic resistance could see the number of deaths from sepsis rise across the globe. Doctors need to get better at identifying patients with sepsis in order to treat them before it is too late. Along with countries, tackling the number of infections through good sanitation, clean water and access to vaccines.

Although anyone can be affected by Sepsis, the majority of cases are in poor and middle income countries. Children are most at risk with 4 in 10 cases under the age of five.

How can you spot sepsis?  

A child may have sepsis if he or she:

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

Under 5:

  • Is not feeding
  • Vomiting repeatedly

A adult may have sepsis if:

  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
  • Passing no urine (in a day)
  • Severe breathlessness
  • It feels like you’re going to die
  • Skin mottled or discoloured

Trust your instincts! Early detection and treatment can save lives. Over recent years we have seen an increase in negligence cases, arising in a failure by hospital staff to diagnose and treat Sepsis. Sadly in many cases this has involved death or serious life changing injuries.

Hampson Hughes Solicitors and their experienced and dedicated Clinical Negligence team, have acted for many Claimants affected by Sepsis. If you or a family member have been a victim of Clinical Negligence, contact us on 0800 888 6888 or , for a free initial consultation.

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