Sepsis conference

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) together with support from the UK SEPSIS Trust ran a sepsis awareness conference in Exeter on November 13.   Attended by more than 100 health care professionals the conference was to raise further awareness and training for pre-hospital clinicians, nurses and medics.

Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is the reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs and tissues.  Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition, however it can be easily treated if caught early.

In the UK, at least 100,000 people each year suffer from serious sepsis (or septicaemia) with 44,000 lives claimed by it.

Consultant Paramedic, James Wenman, who organised the conference, said: “We brought together leading experts in the field to discuss the importance of what sepsis is, the education and training needed for health care staff, together with infection and prevention control as well as sepsis in paediatrics.”

There was also a preview of the acclaimed true story film ‘Starfish’, a survivors’ story and a parent’s personal account by sepsis campaigner Melissa Mead, the mother of William Mead.

Melissa Mead bravely shared her experiences of sepsis with the delegates to raise awareness and to empower parents to look out for and know the signs of this serious condition. “I was delighted and privileged to be able to share William’s story with so many health professionals. It is so important that health professionals and the public alike think of sepsis when they are poorly. It is always hard to reflect back upon William’s death, but in doing so allows me to be his mum; and I’m incredibly proud of the lives he’s saved with the campaign.”

Sepsis could occur as the result of any infection. There is no one sign for sepsis.

Sepsis is a serious condition that can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. 

For further details on the symptoms please see the UK Sepsis Trust website:


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