Sepsis is a life-threatening condition which arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It primarily affects very young children and older adults and is also more common in people with learning disabilities and/or underlying health conditions, it can sometimes be triggered in those who are otherwise fit and healthy.

Sepsis always starts with an infection and can be triggered by any infection including chest infections and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). The earlier that it can be diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of survival and less complications.

As World Sepsis Day approaches, we want to make you aware of the signs of sepsis. Local Sepsis Nurse Tracy Kilburn explains through a series of short (1-3 min) videos which you can watch here.


Tracy Kilbourn, Sepsis Nurse at Southend Hospital (Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust) said:

“Sepsis is a rare but serious overreaction of the body’s immune system to an infection, which can cause damage to the body’s cells and organs. The speed at which it can progress is rapid. If not recognised and treated quickly, sepsis can result in septic shock and death. Sepsis can affect anyone at any time, although certain people are deemed more at risk than others.

Having an understanding of what sepsis may look like can improve your ability to spot it and get help. I would encourage everyone to take just a few minutes to watch these videos to gain an understanding of what sepsis is, what it may look like and what you can do about it. Remember ‘Think Sepsis’ and Just ask ‘Could it be Sepsis?’”