New take on Sepsis Awareness

On World Sepsis Day, Queensland Health is launching a new video series to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of this potentially deadly condition.

World Sepsis DayDr John Wakefield, Deputy Director-General Clinical Excellence Division says the video series features four patients who have experienced sepsis themselves or through a loved one.

“In 2017/18, over 20,000 people were treated for sepsis in Queensland hospitals – and over 2,000 died from the disease.”

“Anyone can develop sepsis, but infants, children, the elderly and people with poor immune systems are most at risk.”

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the bodies’ response to infection damages its own tissues and organs. It is a medical emergency which can lead to organ failure and death if not identified and treated early.

Dr Wakefield says most people don’t know the signs and symptoms of sepsis.

“Sepsis can occur from any infection.”

Adults should seek urgent medical help if they are experiencing:
• rapid breathing;
• a rapid heart rate;
• confusion, slurred speech or disorientation;
• fever or shivering;
• muscle pain;
• not passing urine;
• discoloured skin.

Sepsis can progress more rapidly in young children and infants.
Parents and carers should seek urgent medical care if your child is experiencing convulsions or fits; rapid breathing;
discoloured skin or very pale or bluish skin or a rash that doesn’t fade when you press it.

Link to first video of the series: