Staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital are educating patients on how to spot the symptoms of sepsis
Sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognised early and treated quickly.
The number of people developing sepsis is increasing, with around 123,000 cases each year in England. An estimated 37,000 deaths are associated with the condition.
You're urged to seek medical attention if you or someone you know displays any of the following symptoms:
- acting confused, slurred speech or not making sense
- blue, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue
- a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it, the same as meningitis
- difficulty breathing, breathlessness or breathing very fast
Amanda Pegden is acting Sepsis lead at the Royal. She told Peak FM: "It's not like a heart attack or a stroke where you have obvious symptoms but if you notice that your family member is not right, they feel unwell and you think an infection is going on, go to your GP or your local hospital."
"We've got a special dedicated Sepsis team. If we think somebody's got Sepsis in the hospital, we put out an emergency call and a dedicated team of doctors come to see that patient."