What is sepsis?

Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection, that can be life threatening. It is the third largest cause of death in the UK and kills more people than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. If diagnosed early, it can be treated with a course of antibiotics. If misdiagnosed – or missed, as Tom’s was – sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure, loss of limb, and death.

The UK Sepsis Trust

Founded in 2012 by Dr Ron Daniels, the UK Sepsis Trust is made up of a core team of medical experts, volunteers and dedicated individuals. They seek to save lives and improve outcomes for survivors of sepsis by instigating political change, educating healthcare professionals, raising public awareness, and providing support for those affected by this devastating condition.

Following the UK Sepsis Trust’s formation, mortality rates in the UK have decreased substantially, with an estimated 9,000 more people now surviving sepsis each year.