Sepsis – can care workers spot this deadly illness?

by | Jan 15, 2018 | Carers, Health, News

Care staff are increasingly likely to see sepsis, but there is no standard training to make them aware of the symptoms to look out for in clients.


I am a survivor of sepsis. Not once, not twice, but eight times.

Sepsis – also known as blood poisoning – kills more people than bowel cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It affects more than 260,000 people and claims 44,000 lives every year in the UK. But it is not spoken about in training for social care workers, even though they are increasingly likely to see it.

Sepsis is triggered when the body tries to overcompensate for an underlying infection and too many white blood cells are released into the bloodstream. An example you may see in the social care context is kidney and chest infections. It looks like common flu in the early stages, but it can lead to life-threatening septic shock. There is a golden hour for the treatment of sepsis, when someone can be saved by basic steps known as the “sepsis six”. Find out more from The Guardian