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You say sepsis, I say blood poisoning

December 14, 2015

Adam Cairns, CEO of Cardiff and Vale UHB on the need to get the message about sepsis awareness into greater public view.

A Healthy Perspective


A few weeks back I was invited to the Senedd for world Sepsis day. The event was organised by Terence Canning who champions the cause of sepsis in Wales. Terence lost his brother to sepsis. He shares his story here.

At the event another story was told, about a young girl who had also died. Her parents were there to bear witness in the hope that their loss might be given at least some meaning by encouraging health care professionals to be more alert to the early signs of sepsis.

Terence is a much valued contributor to our Leading Improvements in Patient Safety Programme and his story never fails to remind all present just how devastating a missed opportunity can be.

It is estimated that sepsis kills 37,000 people each year in the UK. It is thought that more than a third of the deaths could potentially be prevented.

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