February 21, 2019
A new rapid test for sepsis which could cut the time taken to get a result from up to 72 hours, to within three minutes has been developed by scientists.
The test could save thousands of lives from the common and potentially deadly condition which is triggered by an infection, and experts hope it will be available on the NHS within three to five years.
At present, it can take up to 72 hours to diagnose sepsis, which kills an estimated 52,000 people in the UK every year.
SEPSIS - The common but little known killer
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis, also referred to a blood poisoning, is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection or injury. Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to infection. The infection can come from anywhere – even a contaminated cut or insect bite. It is vital that it is identified and treated in its early stages to avoid fatal consequences.
A breakdown of the more common symptoms has been set out as SEPSIS similar to the FAST campaign to identify Strokes and sets out the following warning signs of Sepsis:-
- Slurred Speech
- Extreme muscle pain
- Passing no urine
- Severe Breathlessness
- I feel I might die
- Skin mottled or discoloured
The dangers of SEPSIS were explored last year by Sarah Wright.