It was announced in February that a new sepsis test, which promises to diagnose the potentially life-threatening condition within three minutes, would be available on the NHS within the next three to five years.
The new test has been developed by scientists at Strathclyde University in Glasgow who are confident that it “could save thousands of lives”.
According to The UK Sepsis Trust, sepsis kills 52,000 people per year. National guidelines set out by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) advise that medical professionals should provide antibiotics to patients even before a sepsis diagnosis is confirmed.
It currently takes up to 72 hours to diagnose sepsis however, timely treatment can prevent this serious condition from developing into further complications such as multiple organ failure.
The symptoms to be aware of in adults include:
· A high temperature
· Chills and shivers
· A fast heartbeat
· Fast breathing
More severe symptoms can also include the following:
· Dizziness or feeling faint
· Confusion or disorientation
· Nausea or vomiting
· Not passing water over a prolonged period
· Cold, clammy, pale or mottled skin
We are sadly seeing too many cases where sepsis treatment has been delayed due to medical professionals failing to follow the national guidelines leading to avoidable patient deaths.
While some of the symptoms of sepsis are very similar to other conditions, the NICE guidelines clearly state that antibiotics should be provide in a timely fashion – even if sepsis is suspected but is yet to be formally diagnosed.
Our specialist team of leading medical and legal specialists have represented families for more than 20 years, including several recent sepsis cases.
If you believe that your family has suffered significant harm or an avoidable death as a result of medical negligence, our friendly team of specialists are here to help on 01253 766 559.
Read more about the sepsis cases we have acted on below.