Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection.
In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation, swelling and blood clotting.
If not treated quickly, sepsis can eventually lead to multiple organ failure and death.
Each year in the UK, it is estimated that more than 100,000 people are admitted to hospital with sepsis and around 37,000 people will die as a result of the condition.
Sepsis Signs and Symptoms
Early symptoms of sepsis usually develop quickly and can include:
- High temperature (fever)
- Chills and shivering
- Fast heartbeat
- Fast breathing
Symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock (when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level) develop soon after. These can include:
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Confusion or disorientation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin
- Decreased urine production (not passing urine in a day)