DOCTORS, nurses and families affected by sepsis have joined together to highlight Basildon University Hospital’s ‘Be Sepsis Aware’ campaign.
Sepsis means septicaemia, or blood poisoning. It is caused by the body reacting to an infection and attacking its own organs and tissues. If not spotted quickly, sepsis can rapidly lead to organ failure and death.
The campaign at Basildon Hospital launched on Monday 10 November with an information stand in main reception, to raise awareness among staff, patients and visitors about the dangers of sepsis, how to recognise it and how it can be treated.
UK Sepsis Trust trustee, Clare Jupp, from Brentwood, lost her sister to sepsis in 2011 and is spearheading the campaign at Basildon University Hospital.
Clare’s sister, Kay Dejan, from Grays, died tragically and suddenly at the age of 44 from sepsis in 2011 after a fall in a supermarket and simple knee surgery.
Clare is now a member of the Sepsis Board at Basildon University Hospital and has also been involved in delivering training to junior doctors at the hospital and giving talks.
She said, “I am excited to be involved with this campaign to raise awareness about this relatively unknown yet incredibly common condition. Since my sister’s death in 2011, I have been committed to raising awareness about sepsis to improve care and outcomes.”
Clare Panniker, chief executive, said: “Sepsis is a major patient safety priority and we have put several initiatives in place to tackle it. The vast majority of our patients with suspected sepsis are given antibiotics within one hour, which is one of the most important things we can do to save lives.
“It is enormously helpful to work alongside Clare Jupp and the UK Sepsis Trust in our drive to improve recognition and treatment of sepsis.”