East Worthing and Shoreham’s MP is helping to raise awareness of sepsis which causes 44,000 deaths in the UK, including 1,000 children, a year.
Tim Loughton attended an event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis and the UK Sepsis Trust to hear from patients and their families who have been personally affected by the condition.
It can affect people of all ages even those who are fit and healthy, and arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own organs and tissues, leading to shock, multiple organ failure, and in some cases death if it is not recognised early and treated properly.
In a bid to reduce the number of fatal cases the UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) and the APPG are calling for both the public and healthcare professionals to be more aware of the ‘silent killer’.
Mr Loughton said: “While sepsis is a condition which may not hit the headlines, it is deadly.
“It is a little known life threatening illness that claims the lives of 44,000 people in the UK every year, including 1,000 children.
“If timely interventions proposed by the UK Sepsis Trust were adopted across the NHS it could save up to 12,500 lives a year and the NHS money.
“I was keen to show my support for efforts to tackle the disease and save lives. I want to see sepsis viewed as a medical emergency and have a higher profile among medical professionals and the public.
“The easiest and most of effective way of doing this is the government committing to a dedicated public awareness campaign for the general population.”
Ron Daniels, chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, added: “We hope that the event will allow MPs to learn more about sepsis and take the message back to their colleagues and constituents.
“An awareness campaign is something we’ve been calling for a long time. It is an absolute necessity that this campaign is dedicated on sepsis and aimed at a both adults and children.
“A campaign of course is only a part of what is needed. We need to make sure that healthcare professional education is robust and is mandated.
“We need to have a better measure of outcomes and we have to have some resources available that reward excellent care.”
The UK Sepsis Trust, founded in 2010, brings together leading experts, health professionals, survivors and the bereaved to both raise public and professional awareness of sepsis and to provide support for those affected by the condition.
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