Sepsis – the silent killer?

Posted By: on 13th September 2017 | Category: Clinical Negligence

If there was a killer responsible for more annual deaths than breast cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer combined, one would think that it would be widely known.   If there was a killer that affects a quarter of a million people a year and costs the NHS £1.5 billion a year, it is reasonable to think it would be in the national conscience.  In Germany and the US there are more people that have never heard of this killer than have.

Sepsis is that silent killer.   It is one of the most prevalent, but misdiagnosed deadly diseases.  It arises when the body’s response to infection results in organ failure and leads ultimately to death.

This Monday, the BBC aired an episode of Panorama that showed the inadequacies within the NHS in fighting the disease.  Shockingly it was shown that in 14 Hospital Trusts up and down the country, out of every two patients with signs of sepsis, only one of them was spotted.  The programme claimed that there are 14,000 needless deaths each year that could be prevented if a quicker diagnosis was made and antibiotics started sooner.

Today is World Sepsis Day.  Its motive is clear.  To change the landscape and do away with the silence part of sepsis.  14,000 preventable deaths are 14,000 too many.

Spread the word.

If your sepsis was misdiagnosed or wasn’t picked up at the earliest opportunity, we could assist you to make a claim for damages.  We have been instructed to advise clients who have been impacted by these issues.   If you are affected by similar issues or have concerns about the treatment you or a loved one has received, please contact either Parisa Costigan or Tim Ransley on 01273 323231.  Coole Bevis LLP offer a free initial consultation with clients.


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