A sepsis infection can start anywhere in the body and can occur after chest or water infections, abdomen problems as well as cuts and bites.
If untreated, sepsis can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and death.
The disease leads to 52,000 deaths in the UK each year, according to the Sepsis Trust.
What are the symptoms of sepsis?
Sepsis is caused by the way the body responds to germs, such as bacteria.
The body’s response to an infection may injure its own tissues and organs.
Many symptoms of sepsis are also associated with meningitis, here are some of the early signs:
high temperature (fever)
chills and shivering
a fast heartbeat
Symptoms of more severe sepsis can include:
feeling dizzy or faint
confusion or disorientation
nausea and vomiting
not passing water for prolonged periods
cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin
How to get tested for sepsis?
Sepsis is often diagnosed based on simple measurements such as your temperature, heart rate and breathing rate.
Other tests include blood tests and a urine or stool sample can help determine the type of infection and where it is located.
Where can you find out more?