Sepsis, also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection or even a simple injury.

Sepsis is can be very serious, however it can be easily treated if caught early. The important thing is to recognise the symptoms early and get to A&E or call 999.

You should seek medical help if you show any of the following symptoms:

  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
  • Passing no urine (in a day)
  • Severe breathlessness
  • Skin mottled or discoloured.

Find out everything you need to know in this useful booklet produced by The UK Sepsis Trust:

Sepsis: A Guide for Patients and Relatives

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