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Health bosses at Dudley Council are reminding borough residents to be vigilant when it comes to the signs of sepsis.
Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is the reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs and tissues. Every year, it is estimated to affect more than 30 million people worldwide, potentially leading to six million deaths, and in the UK alone it affects over 25,000 children every year.
The condition can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection but people are urged to seek urgent medical help if they develop any of the following:
Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine (in a day)
It feels like you’re going to die
Skin mottled or discoloured
Councillor Cathy Bayton, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:
The quicker sepsis is recognised and treated the better the outcome so anyone who has any concerns about a loved one should seek urgent medical help if they are showing possible signs of sepsis.
Everyone can play their part in helping to reduce the risk of picking up and passing on infections by washing hands thoroughly whenever they go to the bathroom and by ensuring family members, especially children, pregnant women and older people, are up to date with their vaccinations. If in doubt, they should contact their GP.”
More information about sepsis is available from NHS choices: www.nhs.uk/conditions/sepsis/ and the UK Sepsis Trust: www.sepsistrust.org. People can find out more about vaccinations on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/