Meet Louise, a Sepsis survivor.

In 2016 Louise collapsed at home after a short episode of feeling unwell. Paramedics were called as she was experiencing severe shortness of breath, confusion and giddiness. On arrival at Darent Valley Hospital’s Emergency Department, Louise was diagnosed with Sepsis caused by an invisible bacterial infection beneath the skin. Louise was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, and after surgery, Sepsis treatment and a long period of rest, made a full recovery. 

Louise said “I was shocked how quickly Sepsis took hold and I feel extremely fortunate to have survived. I believe I survived due to the fantastic work of the NHS and its staff. I am now extremely passionate about raising Sepsis awareness and making sure people ask “could it be Sepsis?”

What is Sepsis?

Also known as blood poisoning (septicemia), Sepsis is the reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs and tissues. If left untreated Sepsis can turn to shock, multi-organ failure and death. Sepsis effects 225,000 people each year, of which 14,000 lives are lost needlessly each year.

At Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust we have a Sepsis and Deteriorating Patient Group which strives to improve Sepsis recognition and treatment for patients. The Group educates health care professionals and supports patients and families affected by Sepsis. The groups aim is that by working together we can raise Sepsis awareness and reduce the devastating effect it has on people’s lives.

Money raised through this appeal will be spent on awareness raising materials and training for patients and staff.

Awareness Saves Lives - what to look out for?

Symptoms of Sepsis may present differently in different people. There is no single sign for Sepsis. It can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. 

Symptoms in Children

  • 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

Symptoms in Adults

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

Date for your diary: Friday 13th September 2019 our Sepsis Team will be in the Darent Valley Hospital main foyer for World Sepsis Day.