Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection which, if left untreated can lead to multiple organ failure and death.
Sepsis, septicaemia and blood poisoning
Sepsis, which is sometimes referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs and tissues. It can affect anyone at any age.
Sepsis affects over 25,000 children in the UK every year. Sepsis can occur following any infection and there is no one sign of sepsis. So if your child is unwell, with either a fever or a very low temperature or has had a fever within the last 24 hours; Just ask: Could it be Sepsis?
The more quickly Sepsis is recognised and treated the better the outcome.