Scotland’s second nationwide sepsis campaign officially launches today at an event at the Roslin Institute, raising awareness of the early signs of sepsis.
Sepsis Research is delighted to have been able help finance the campaign in partnership with the Scottish Government. It will make sure more and more people all across Scotland can spot the early warning signs of sepsis and take action, saving more lives through seeking medical treatment quickly.
To help draw attention to the campaign, Colin Graham, our Chief Operating Officer, joined Dr Catherine Calderwood, the previous Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, and John Harden, National Clinical Lead for Quality and Safety at the campaign launch at the University of Edinburgh.
Craig Stobo, Founder and Chair of Sepsis Research, said:
“Sepsis Research is delighted to be supporting the Scottish Government’s Sepsis Awareness Campaign. This focused effort to encourage people to recognise the symptoms of this potentially fatal illness will save lives.
“Educating people so they know what to look out for and understand the urgent need to get medical assistance will help prevent potentially tragic consequences and we congratulate the Scottish Government on taking this initiative.”
Colin Graham, chief operating officer of Sepsis Research (FEAT): said:
“This is a very important campaign by the Scottish Government and we urge everyone in the medical profession and the wider public to pick up on the life-saving messages it contains.”
Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood said:
“While deaths caused by sepsis have fallen by 21% since 2012, thanks in part to the work of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, it is still vital that people are aware of this potentially fatal condition. The key in treating sepsis is catching it quickly so that is why it’s important to know the signs. If someone has two or more of the symptoms and they are getting rapidly worse, it is important to seek urgent medical advice.
“Following our first campaign from 2018, we know that more than three out of four people are aware of the dangers of sepsis but we want to further increase public awareness to spot the signs and this campaign will help us do this. It will also help to focus on continuous improvement across Scotland ensuring there is safe and consistent care for all sepsis patients.”
The campaign features a nationwide facebook campaign, radio features about sepsis on stations across Scotland, posters and flyers in hospitals, pharmacies and GP surgeries and bus advertising across Central Scotland.