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Thousands of coronavirus sufferers are at an increased risk of developing Sepsis according to charity The UK Sepsis Trust. The findings raise concerns about the increased demand on hospital services and the need to quickly identify those patients at risk in order to help save lives and minimise any scope for sepsis claims.
The UK Sepsis Trust has warned that as many as one in five people who received hospital treatment for coronavirus are at increased risk of developing Sepsis within a year. This is as many as 20,000 people in the UK alone.
Sepsis is caused when the body reacts to an infection and the immune system turns on itself. The condition deteriorates rapidly and can quickly cause tissue damage, organ failure and unfortunately death. The condition can present itself with only minor symptoms at the start which can make it incredibly difficult to diagnose and therefore lead to sepsis misdiagnosis claims.
Sepsis is known to be one of the largest killers in the UK, with a study in the Lancet Journal revealing that more people died from sepsis than from bowel, breast and pancreatic cancer combined. There is thought to be approximately 245,000 cases of sepsis each year in the UK alone.
Sepsis is treatable with antibiotics if identified quickly before it turns into septic shock and before damage to vital organs has occurred.
The alarming link between Covid and sepsis has resulted in the UK Sepsis Trust calling for raised awareness of the condition, with claims that a sharp rise in cases could cost the NHS more than £1bn in patient care as well as additional costs should any negligent cases be subjected to sepsis compensation. It is also therefore incredibly important for those patients who present with symptoms of sepsis to be able receive quick medical care.
It is thought that patients who have suffered from covid are more susceptible to conditions such as sepsis due to the damage that the virus has caused, which in turn triggers an overreaction from the immune system.
As Autumn rolls round, little is known about the rate of infection of coronavirus for the following months. However, it is essential that medical facilities are well versed in understanding sepsis to avoid a delayed diagnosis, which can have devasting impacts on patient recovery.