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Sepsis, also known as septicaemia, is poisoning of the blood and if not treated with urgency, can cause organ failure, loss of limbs and potentially, can be life threatening.
Cases of Sepsis are on the increase in the UK due to staff shortages and overcrowding in wards, which means symptoms of sepsis often simply aren’t spotted, or are misdiagnosed.
According to the Sepsis Trust the condition kills 44,000 people in the UK every year.
Due to the speed with which sepsis can take control, it is not always easy to diagnose before surgical intervention is required. The symptoms of sepsis can be mistaken for post-operative infections if there has been previous surgery, or in the case of someone who is generally fit and well, any number of infections or illnesses. It is important that if sepsis is suspected, medical help is sought immediately. If it is treated in the early stages, it is likely to just require a course of antibiotics. Failure to catch this disease early can result in life changing injuries being received.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from misdiagnosed sepsis, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Our medical negligence solicitors can give you free initial advice and advise you if you have grounds to pursue a sepsis claim, which we do on a no win no fee basis.
Symptoms differ between adults, children and very young children.
Sepsis symptoms in adults:
Sepsis symptoms in children:
Sepsis symptoms in under 5’s: