The Sepsis Battle Continues

7th February 2018 Clinical Negligence

In the past few weeks, Sepsis has featured as a storyline on both Casualty and Holby City. Further, on last week's episode of Channel 4's '24 Hours in A&E', we met 83 year old Maggie, a terminal cancer patient who was brought into A&E with suspected Sepsis.

Sepsis, otherwise known as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is when the body's response to fighting infection injures its own tissues and organs. It requires prompt treatment but as its symptoms can be difficult to identify (as they mimic those of flu) it is often not diagnosed, until it is too late. The recent report that Sepsis negligence costs the NHS around £2 billion a year, demonstrates the extent of the problem. Whilst, hospitals should have measures in place to allow for the early identification of Sepsis, as recognising the symptoms and getting help fast can save lives, it is important that the general public's awareness is raised too. What a better way to do so, than tapping into some of our favourite shows.

Although, the Clinical Negligence Team at JMW may not be able to raise awareness through your Saturday night TV. We have recently collaborated with the UK Sepsis Trust and sponsored the cost of providing leaflets bearing all the signs and symptoms of Sepsis, in all Bounty packs given to new parents across the UK. With TV shows now raising awareness too, it is hoped that the question what is Sepsis, will be one asked no more.

A few years ago, my Grandma had Sepsis. Luckily, her symptoms were spotted quickly, she was treated promptly and has subsequently made a full recovery. It can only be hoped that if awareness is continued to be raised, there will be more survivors of Sepsis like my Grandma.

The battle continues.

For further information on Sepsis, including the symptoms please visit:

If you, or a loved one, has suffered from Sepsis that could have been avoided with better care and treatment while in any NHS or private hospital, our solicitors can help establish whether you are entitled to make a claim. To speak to a member of our understanding team about your potential claim, simply call us today on 0800 054 6570.


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Eddie Jones is a Partner and Head of Department located in Manchesterin our Clinical Negligence department

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