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Health experts urge islanders to recognise the signs of Sepsis

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Health professionals in Guernsey are raising awareness about the dangers of Sepsis, as part of an international campaign.

They are urging people to recognise the signs and symptoms of the illness on World Sepsis Day.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body's immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection.

It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.

Kay Bull, Lead Nurse at the Infection Control Department, says it is vital not to delay in seeking medical attention.

The symptoms can include the following:

  • Generally feeling unwell
  • Extreme shivering and muscle pain
  • Passing no urine (in 18 hours)
  • Low blood pressure which may result in you feeling dizzy
  • A change in mental alertness such as confusion or disorientation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Cold, clammy and/or mottled/pale skin
  • A feeling of knowing something is wrong