Ambulances to have sepsis signs - thanks to Cornish mum

25 July 2018, 09:34

National Sepsis Awareness campaign

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Signs with the symptoms of sepsis are being put on our ambulances.

Cornish Mum Melissa Mead has been campaigning to raise awareness of sepsis, since the death of her 1 year old son William in 2014.

She's managed to get leaflets in bounty packs for new mums, signs in hospitals and GP surgeries, and now our ambulances.

South Western Ambulance service say 70% of cases get mistaken for a cough or cold - and they want to help raise awareness of the condition.

First all their new ambulances across Devon and Cornwall will have the big red signs put on them, then they'll work to put them on their old vehicles too.

All staff have had new training, to treat the symptoms as an emergency, and this is the next step in that campaign.

Around 37 thousand people die every year from the condition.

The signs on the side of ambulances read "Acting quickly can save 14,000 lives from sepsis".

The symptoms to look out for are:

S- SLURRED SPEECH OR CONFUSION

E- EXTREME SHIVERING

P- PASSING NO URING IN 24 HOURS

S - SEVERE BREATHLESSNESS

I - IT FEELS LIKE YOU'RE GOING TO DIE

S - SKIN IS MOTTLED OR DISCOLOURED