Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Severe sepsis 'must be recognised'

  • Comment

The scale and severity of sepsis is being highlighted in a new campaign lead by a group of health organisations.

The illness, which can be fatal, occurs when the body reacts badly to an infection.

Sepsis puts the body’s immune system into overdrive and can cause fever, chills and rapid heartbeat and breathing.

A joint statement outlines three aims for the campaign: to preserve effective antibiotics for treatment; prevent infection; and improve recognition of and response to severe sepsis.

The campaign involves UK Sepsis Trust, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSac), Antibiotic Action, Royal College of Nursing, Infection Prevention Society, British Infection Association and British Association of Critical Care Nursing.

Spokesman Ron Daniels, who runs the Sepsis Trust, said: “The creation of this coalition will benefit patients now and into the future.

“Until now, the important public messages about sepsis by our member organisations have been disconnected.

“For the first time, leaders in all aspects of infection management have come together to state that the three key domains (urgent treatment of sepsis, prevention of infection, and preservation of antibiotics) are of equal and critical importance.

“This paves the way for reduced infection incidence, better outcomes and ensuring that we have effective antibiotics into the future.”

Nick Brown, president of BSac, said: “Working collaboratively through the coalition will provide much-needed opportunities to improve the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.

“BSac is committed to supporting interventions such as this that improves care and outcomes for patients.”

Laura Piddock, director of Antibiotic Action and public engagement chair of BSac, said: “Until new treatments for bacterial infections are available, appropriate and informed prescribing of antibiotics for sepsis patients is essential.”


Are you able to Speak Out Safely? Sign our petition to put pressure on your trust to support an open and transparent NHS.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.