Health staff fo­cus on sep­sis

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

STAFF from across Hy­wel Dda Univer­sity Health Board are once again join­ing the global ef­fort to raise aware­ness of a lifethreat­en­ing ill­ness on World Sep­sis Day, to­mor­row.

Sep­sis is a deadly re­ac­tion to in­fec­tion in any part of the body. The most com­mon sites of in­fec­tion lead­ing to sep­sis are the lungs, uri­nary tract, tummy (ab­domen) and pelvis. It re­mains the num­ber one pre­ventable cause of death in hospi­tal, al­though 70% of sep­sis starts in the com­mu­nity.

It is es­ti­mated to be re­spon­si­ble for 44,000 deaths an­nu­ally in the UK and causes more deaths than breast, bowel and prostate can­cer com­bined. This equates to ap­prox­i­mately 2,200 peo­ple in Wales each year which rep­re­sents ap­prox­i­mately 13% of all hospi­tal deaths.

Any­one who has, or has re­cently had a fever or a very low tem­per­a­ture and who de­vel­ops any of the fol­low­ing symp­toms, should seek med­i­cal ad­vice with­out de­lay:

■ Slurred speech, or con­fu­sion

■ Ex­treme shiv­er­ing mus­cle pain

■ Pass­ing no urine (in 18 hours or a day)

■ Se­vere breath­less­ness

■ Feel­ings of se­vere dis­com­fort

■ Skin that is mot­tled, bluish or very pale

How­ever, the good news is that treat­ment for sep­sis is straight­for­ward and early recog­ni­tion can save lives.

Dr Phil Kloer, med­i­cal di­rec­tor at Hy­wel Dda Univer­sity Health Board, said: “If sep­sis isn’t recog­nised or treated promptly, it can be fa­tal. Un­treated, sep­sis usu­ally leads to mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure.” or

Co­me­dian Phil Evans from Am­man­ford is known as the man who puts the “cwtsh” into com­edy

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