• 5Jan

    Helping parents spot the signs of sepsis

    A campaign was launched last month by the UK Sepsis Trust and Public Health England to help parents spot the symptoms of sepsis to protect young children and save lives.

    The campaign is principally aimed at parents and carers of young children aged 0 to 4. It includes a film featuring mother and campaigner Melissa Mead, who lost her baby son William to sepsis in December 2014.

    The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that there are more than 120,000 cases of sepsis and around 37,000 deaths each year in England.

    Leaflets and posters are being sent to GP surgeries and hospitals across the country. These materials, developed with experts, will urge parents to call 999 or take their child to A&E if they display any of the following signs:

    • looks mottled, bluish or pale
    • is very lethargic or difficult to wake
    • feels abnormally cold to touch
    • is breathing very fast
    • has a rash that does not fade when you press it
    • has a fit or convulsion

    You can find out more about the campaign on the Public Health England website.