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a blood bacteria imageFebruary 6 2018

A new poster campaign promoting awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis is running in 1,200 community pharmacies in Scotland. The campaign ‘Sepsis – every hour counts’ launched on February 5 and includes a media campaign using print, radio and social media to raise awareness. 

Specific materials will also be displayed in GP surgeries and hospitals to complement work being done through the Scottish Patient Safety Programme to raise awareness among healthcare teams.

“Symptoms of sepsis can multiply and get worse very quickly,” says the campaign. Any combination of the following symptoms requires immediate action:

  • very high or low temperature;
  • uncontrolled shivering;
  • confusion;
  • cold or blotchy hands and feet;
  • not passing as much urine as normal.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “The Scottish Government is committed to raising awareness of the dangers of sepsis. One person every four hours dies as a result of sepsis which is why it is so important this campaign, backed by £70,000 Scottish Government funding, will highlight the symptoms of this often-silent and often-deadly condition to millions of Scots.

“While mortality rates from sepsis have fallen by 21% since 2012, there is still more to be done and I am confident this campaign will play its part in equipping the public with a better understanding of the signs and symptoms.”

Calum McGregor, NHS Lanarkshire consultant acute physician and National Clinical Lead for Acute Care with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, added: “Sepsis can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and even death. Early treatment with appropriate antibiotics can reduce mortality.

“Sepsis can be difficult to recognise, and many of the symptoms can be attributed to other conditions. Five symptoms and signs to be aware of are a change in behaviour such as confusion, cold or blotchy hands and feet, uncontrollable shivering, very high or low temperature, and reduced urine output.

“Recent data suggests that for every hour’s delay in antibiotics, the chances of dying from sepsis increase so it is vital we get people the treatment they need as quickly as possible.”

FEAT, Scotland’s sepsis charity, is partnering with the Scottish Government to launch the campaign. Craig Stobo, FEAT’s Founder and Chair, said: “We have pressed for the need to raise awareness of this killer condition and are confident that this Scotland-wide campaign will be a game changer in increasing the public’s understanding of the symptoms of sepsis and the quick action needed to save lives.

“We are proud to provide additional funding for this vital campaign and while we can’t bring back those lost to the condition, we dedicate this campaign to them and pledge to continue working towards the eradication of sepsis.”

Links:
Scottish Government announcement   
NHS Inform Sepsis awareness   
FEAT sepsis charity       

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