Sep­sis alert cam­paign could help save lives

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THE five early signs of the po­ten­tially fa­tal con­di­tion sep­sis will be high­lighted in a new cam­paign.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive will see posters dis­played in phar­ma­cies and ad­verts on ra­dio, buses and Facebook.

It fo­cuses on the of­ten silent symp­toms of sep­sis, a rare but se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tion of an in­fec­tion which with­out quick treat­ment can lead to mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure and death.

The five signs are a very high or low tem­per­a­ture, un­con­trolled shiv­er­ing, con­fu­sion, pass­ing less urine than nor­mal and blotchy or cold hands and feet.

Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Catherine Calder­wood said: “The key in treat­ing sep­sis is catch­ing it quickly, so that is why it’s im­por­tant to know the signs.”

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