Steve McCabe MP backs awareness campaign on sepsis

Steve McCabe MP is backing an awareness campaign on Sepsis, attended a life threatening and relatively unknown condition, which claims the lives of 44,000 people including 1,000 children every year in the UK. 

Steve has joined up with UK Sepsis Trust in calls for both public and healthcare professionals to be more aware of this silent killer. They are calling for the Department of Health to commit to a public awareness campaign, aimed at both adults and children solely on sepsis.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that can affect anyone. Young and old, fit and healthy. It arises when the body's response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it is not recognised early and treated promptly.

The UK Sepsis Trust, founded in 2010, brings together leading experts, grass roots health professionals, survivors and persons bereaved; to raise public and professional awareness of sepsis, and provide support for those affected by this terrible condition.

Steve McCabe MP stated:

“While sepsis is a condition which may not hit the headlines, it is deadly. It is a little known life threatening illness that claims the lives of 44,000 people in the UK every year, including 1,000 children.  If timely interventions proposed by the UK Sepsis Trust were adopted across the NHS it could save up to 12,500 lives a year and the NHS money.

“I was keen to show my support for efforts to tackle the disease and save lives. I want to see sepsis viewed as a medical emergency and have a higher profile among medical professionals and the public. The easiest and most of effective way of doing this is the government committing to a dedicated public awareness campaign for the general population.”

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