Sepsis Research is the UK’s only sepsis research charity. The charity’s main objective is to stop sepsis. This is done through funding research into early detection of the condition and its treatment, as well as raising awareness of sepsis in general. The hope is that in future, no-one will have to suffer the loss of a loved one to this condition. It’s estimated that around 50,000 people per year die from sepsis. This is more than the total deaths from bowel and breast cancer combined.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is the number one cause of preventable death in the world. It is a life threatening illness that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissue and organs. It is a time critical emergency and if not recognised and treated early, it can lead to shock, multi-organ failure and death.
The fortunate patients who survive sepsis are often left with significant physical, psychological and social implications. This ranges from:
What Do Sepsis Research Do?
The charity funds pioneering research into sepsis, with the aim of finding a better understanding of the condition and its symptoms so that the number of deaths can be reduced. Initially, they focused on the role that genetics plays in the likelihood of people dying from sepsis in order to help find new treatments. As a result of the covid-19 pandemic, the charity are also supporting the fight against coronavirus, learning more about the disease and how to combat the spread of it.
In addition to this Sepsis Research also works to raise awareness of the condition among medical professionals, working with doctors, nurses and all other frontline NHS staff. Through prompt diagnosis and treatment, up to 15,000 lives could be saved every year. The charity also raises awareness of sepsis within schools, workplaces and the rest of the community. Through educating people on the symptoms of sepsis, more people will be able to seek the right medical treatment sooner, improving the chances of recovery.
World Sepsis Day & Sepsis Awareness Month
September is Sepsis Awareness Month, with World Sepsis Day taking place on the 13th September. The event is an opportunity for everyone all over the world to unite in the fight against the condition, with a focus on raising awareness and reducing the number of deaths that occur from it. Sepsis Research will be launching their “Sock It To Sepsis” campaign this September, in a bid to raise funds towards vital research and to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms.
How You Can Support Sepsis Research
We are delighted to be supporting the charity in honour of both World Sepsis Day and Sepsis Awareness Month. If you would like to show your support, cast your vote for them in our September 2020 charity poll and help them win 20% of this month’s profits.
If you would like to make a donation to Sepsis Research, or to find further information on the signs and symptoms of the condition, you can visit http://www.sepsisresearch.org.uk.