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Sepsis

Important

Sepsis is life threatening. It can be hard to spot.

If you think you or someone you look after has symptoms of sepsis, call 999 or go to A&E. Trust your instincts.

Sepsis can be hard to spot. There are lots of possible symptoms.

Symptoms can be vague. They can be like symptoms of other conditions, including flu or a chest infection.

  • babies and young children
  • people with dementia
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who have difficulty communicating
Information:

Further information on sepsis for people with a learning disability and their carers:

Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to an infection.

It happens when your immune system overreacts to an infection and starts to damage your body's own tissues and organs.

You cannot catch sepsis from another person.

Sepsis is sometimes called septicaemia or blood poisoning.