We work with medical professionals to raise awareness and recognition of sepsis across doctors, nurses and other frontline staff in all areas of the NHS. Up to 15,000 lives a year could be saved in the UK through prompt diagnosis and treatment.
We also work to drive awareness of sepsis by everyone. In our schools. In our work places. In our homes. The more people who are aware of sepsis and can recognise the symptoms, the more quickly those hit by sepsis can get the right medical help. The more lives that can be saved.
In 2018 we partnered with the Scottish Government to fund the first nationwide sepsis awareness campaign. As a result of this campaign, awareness of sepsis at that time increased to 77%, with almost half of people being able to identify some of the symptoms.
In 2019 we’ve been delighted to partner with the Scottish Government once again to deliver a second Scotland wide awareness campaign. Building on the learnings of the first campaign, this time the focus is increasing awareness of the main symptoms of sepsis.
This is a great start. But it’s not enough. There are still people who have never heard of sepsis and have no idea how devastating is can be, and how quickly it can overwhelm a healthy person.
So we’re continuing to focus on awareness. Through big campaigns and through talking with community groups. By going into hospitals to speak with front line medical staff. By using our supporters to continue to spread the word. Through social media and videos.