The Sepsis Trust
Sepsis are a UK based grassroots charity passionate about mending sepsis.
The UK Sepsis Trust was founded in 2012 by world leader in sepsis and NHS consultant Dr Ron Daniels.
Since then the charity has expanded rapidly and continues to grow at a remarkable pace.
The small executive body of full-time clinicians and nurses that sits at the Trust’s operational centre is now joined by a team of energetic strategists and dynamic young people who work hand in hand with a network of volunteers, spanning the UK and bringing together those who have survived, been bereaved by or encountered sepsis in every imaginable circumstance.
Their core team are driven as they continue to work in hospitals while committing pro-bono to advancing the sepsis agenda.
Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.
Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.
The provision of support and advice to those who need it is central to the Trust’s work.
At UKST, patients and their relatives, including those bereaved by sepsis, will always find accessible information, assistance and relief at their support groups and across the fast developing support networks.
At the UK Sepsis Trust, we recognise the scale and significance of the impact of severe sepsis on sufferers and their families.
The NHS identifies sepsis as a common and potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection.
In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation, swelling and blood clotting.
This can lead to a significant decrease in blood pressure, which means the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys is reduced.
Symptoms include difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, hypothermia, sore throats and flu-like symptoms.
Some sufferers also noted a change in behaviour, such as confusion, drowsiness or slurring words, which can make the patient appear drunk.
Anyone can develop sepsis after an injury or minor infection, says the NHS, although some people are more vulnerable. Those most at risk include those:
- With a medical condition or receiving medical treatment that weakens their immune system
- Who are already in hospital with a serious illness
- Who are very young or very old
- Who have just had surgery or who have wounds or injuries as a result of an accident.
If detected early, it can be possible to treat the infection at home with antibiotics.
Most people who have sepsis detected at this stage make a full recovery.
Some people with severe sepsis and most with septic shock require admission to an intensive care unit, were the body’s organs can be supported while the infection is treated.
Although many patients return to a normal life, those who survive the condition may experience longstanding physical effects, and some suffer from psychological difficulties resulting from their prolonged illness.
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