World Sepsis Day 2021
By Lauren Amphlett

What is Sepsis?

Our immune system usually works to fight any bacteria, viruses, or fungi, to prevent infection. If an infection does occur, our immune system tries to fight it, sometimes with the help of medication such as antibiotics.

Sepsis (sometimes called septicaemia or blood poisoning) is a life-threatening reaction to an infection. It happens when our immune systems overreact to infection, and it causes damage to the body’s tissues and organs.


Sepsis Facts


  • 1 in 5 deaths globally is associated with sepsis
  • It is a medical emergency
  • Between 47 and 50 million people a year are affected globally
  • It does not discriminate, while some people are at higher risk, anybody can get it
  • It is the most preventable cause of death worldwide


Sepsis Symptoms

These symptoms might indicate sepsis

  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain/fever
  • Passing no urine all-day
  • Severe breathlessness
  • Mottled or discoloured skin
  • You feel so unwell, you think you might die