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.
Sepsis can be especially hard to spot in:
- babies and young children
- people with dementia
- people with a learning disability
- people who have difficulty communicating
Further information on sepsis for people with a learning disability and their carers:
- NHS England easy read information on sepsis for people with a learning disability
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals video of sepsis information for people with a learning disability
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals video of sepsis information for families and carers of people with a learning disability
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.