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Leicester specialist nurse aims to boost public knowledge of sepsis

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A specialist nurse in Leicester will be giving a free talk to the public on sepsis later today to coincide with global efforts to raise awareness of the blood infection.

Today is World Sepsis Day. To mark the event, sepsis specialist nurse Sarah Odams and sepsis lead consultant John Parker will be hosting an event to highlight the signs and treatment of sepsis.

The free “marvellous medicine” talk will take place from 6-8pm at Leicester General Hospital, which is run by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

The UK Sepsis Trust has also released new survey figures to coincide with the annual awareness day, which also marks the start of Sepsis Awareness Month.

Despite what it described as a “fantastic” 47% increase in awareness of sepsis – from 45% to 66% – over the last year, the charity noted that a “shocking” one in three Britons still have not heard of it.

Nearly half of those polled (45%) could not offer any opinion on what sepsis is, though this has improved from 62% last year, said the charity.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Specialist nurse aims to boost sepsis awareness

Sarah Odams

According to a YouGov poll of 1,687 people carried out for the charity in September, 18-24 year olds were the least aware, with only 44% having heard of sepsis compared with 75% of over-65s.

Meanwhile, of those survey respondents who had heard of sepsis, the charity noted that it was “worrying” that 25% did not believe it to be a medical emergency.

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  • About 10,000 AVOIDABLE deaths each year by sepsis (which is not to be confused with septicaemia).

    It's time we got wise, appalling that we are causing so much suffering with our ignorance and complacency!

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