National charity The UK Sepsis Trust and leading law firm Wolferstans are delighted to announce their new corporate partnership to raise greater awareness of sepsis, to end preventable deaths from sepsis and improve outcomes for sepsis survivors.
Every 3.5 seconds, someone in the world dies of sepsis. It is hard to spot, but in the UK alone, 52,000 people lose their lives to sepsis every year. The UK Sepsis Trust exists to fight this life-threatening condition, stop preventable deaths and support those affected by sepsis.
Sepsis, previously known as septicaemia or blood poisoning, is the body’s reaction to an infection and means your body attacks its own organs and tissues.
Sepsis can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. There is no one sign, and symptoms present differently between adults and children. Sepsis can move from a mild illness to a serious one very quickly, which is very frightening for patients and their relatives. The body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection. This can reduce the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys. Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death. The earlier it is identified, the earlier it can be treated, and the better the chance of an individual’s survival.
Seek medical help urgently if you develop any or one of the following:
Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine (in a day)
It feels like you’re going to die
Skin mottled or discoloured
UK Sepsis Trust is a national charity founded in 2012 by world sepsis expert, Dr Ron Daniels. UK Sepsis Trust works to raise awareness of sepsis among the public and health care professionals, encourage early diagnosis, lobby politicians to improve standards of care and provide better support for sepsis survivors.
The charity provides support and information to patients and relatives affected by sepsis, including those whose relatives have died from sepsis.
Peter Tassart, Solicitor and Associate, Wolferstans, says:
‘‘We are delighted to be working with UK Sepsis Trust and supporting their vital campaign to stop preventable deaths and support those affected by sepsis.
Sadly, through our work we are all too familiar with the devastating consequences that undiagnosed and untreated sepsis can have. We hope that by working with UK Sepsis Trust we will be able to not only help those who have been affected by sepsis but also promote knowledge and awareness to reduce the number of families affected.”
Isabella Wilson, Press and Communications Manager at UK Sepsis Trust, says:
‘’We are thrilled to be partnering with Wolferstans, who understand both the human and economic cost of sepsis, to families and to the NHS. Although we’ve made great progress in raising awareness of the ‘killer condition’ which affects more than 250,000 people in the UK, there is still much more to be done, and Wolferstans will play an invaluable role in helping us to educate both the public and healthcare professionals about sepsis and bring us closer to our goal of ending preventable deaths from sepsis.’’
By 2020 UK Sepsis Trust can save 14,000 more lives every year… if everyone just asked, ‘Could it be sepsis?’
On Friday 13th September, World Sepsis Day, a team from Wolferstans took part in the Cycle 4 Sepsis fundraising event to raise awareness for UK Sepsis Trust. The event saw 100s of cyclists from around the UK cover hundreds of miles, travelling united in their goal to celebrate their extraordinary cycling feat. Wolfie’s Sepsis Six cycled 206 miles (the distance between Wolferstans’ offices in Plymouth and the UK Sepsis Trust finish line in Birmingham) with the kind support of McCauley’s Gym Plymouth, in their indoor cycling studio along with motivation and support from S&C.co, a functional clothing brand.