Sarah initially came in to hospital with pains in her left arm, vomiting and generally feeling unwell.
Following surgery on her arm, Sarah fell into a coma, her family being told to prepare for the worst.
Amazingly, she survived but even though Sarah was treated in a timely manner, she now has side effects she will have to live with for the rest of her life.
Sepsis, commonly referred to as ‘blood poisoning’, is the life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection results in organ dysfunction or failure. Sepsis is often confused with other conditions in its early stages, with delayed recognition of the signs and symptoms quickly leading to multi-system organ failure and ultimately death.
Lead Nurse for Sepsis at RCHT, Helen Winn, says “The quicker Sepsis can be identified, the quicker it can be treated. Not only can we save lives but we might be able to prevent the after effects. Our aim is to make the public aware, as well as healthcare professionals. The more awareness of Sepsis we all are, the more likely we are to ask ‘Is This Sepsis?’”.
Sepsis kills more people each year than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined. In the same way that stroke and heart attack have a high profile, everyone should know the symptoms of Sepsis:
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
For more information on Sepsis, please visit The UK Sepsis Trust
To watch Sarah’s full story, visit our RCHT YouTube page.