SEPSIS: The Stats, The Signs & Should be Treated ‘Like A Heart Attack’ …

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SEPSIS: The Stats, The Signs & Should be Treated ‘Like A Heart Attack‘ …
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Greg Lance – Watkins
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Hi,

did you know that although someone dies of cancer or heart disease about every 4 or 5 minutes in the UK. Although little heard of, someone dies of Sepsis about every 15 minutes, thats over 100 people a day who die of Sepsis!

Sepsis costs the NHS around £2,500,000 a day to treat or about £2 Billion a year!

The UK SEPSIS TRUST claims:

Every year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of Sepsis, resulting in a staggering 44,000 deaths – more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined.

UK incidence/ mortality data for SEPSIS
and comparators

37,000 annual deaths are derived from an extrapolated dataset provided to the UK Sepsis Trust by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) in 2006. The mortality rate for patients admitted to Critical Care with sepsis remains just under 35%, although this has fallen from 40% over the last 10 years.

102,000 cases seen annually in the UK comes from a conservative estimate of incidence derived from studies in other developed countries, including in Finland (Karlsson et al 2007), Spain (Blanco et al 2008) and Europe (Davies et al 2001). More recent estimates, including data to be published by the UK’s Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and from Scandanavia (Henrikson et al 2015) and the U.S (Hall et al 2011), places the estimate closer to 200,000 cases per year with 60,000 deaths.

Costs

That each case of sepsis costs a healthcare system in a developed country €25,000 is derived from the European SOAP study (Vincent et al 2006): equating to about £2 billion annually for the UK.

COMPARE WITH Cardio Vascular Disease in the UK:

cvd-uk-stats-01

COMPARE with Cancer:

cancer-uk-stats-01

We hear constantly about the dangers of Heart Attacks and cancer but how often do we hear about Sepsis?

SEPSIS WARNING SIGNS

Sepsis, also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life-threatening condition, triggered by an infection or injury.

In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection.

This can reduce the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys.

Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death. 

Early symptoms of sepsis may include:

  • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivering
  • a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing

In some cases, symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock (when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level) develop soon after. These can include:

  • feeling dizzy or faint
  • a change in mental state, such as confusion or disorientation
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea and vomiting
  • slurred speech
  • severe muscle pain
  • severe breathlessness
  • less urine production than normal (for example, not urinating for a day)
  • cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin
  • loss of consciousness

Severe sepsis and septic shock are medical emergencies. If you think that you or someone in your care has one of these conditions, call 999 and ask for an ambulance.

Source: NHS Choices  

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