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Septicaemia (Sepsis) is a life threatening condition.

If suspected in the community then 999 should be called to arrrange immediate transfer to hospital (although this may not always be appropriate in patients approaching end of life where a ReSPECT plan is in place).

Sepsis can be difficult to spot but should be considered in all patients with symptoms or signs of an infection.

Risk factors for sepsis include extremes of age; people who are frail, immunocompromised or immunosuppressed; people who have had recent trauma or surgery; people with a breach in skin integrity; and women who are pregnant, are post-partum, or have had a recent termination of pregnancy or miscarriage.

Symptoms or signs may be non-specific and non-localized, such as general malaise, agitation, or behavioural change. The following mnemonic may be a helpful screen in adults:

Slurred speech or confusion

Extreme shivering or muscle pain

Passing no urine (in a day)

Severe breathlessness

It feels like you’re going to die

Skin mottled or discoloured

Quick Links to Tools for primary care

The UK Sepsis Trust has downloadable guides to sepsis in children, adults and pregnancy and are recommended in the NICE sepsis guidelines:

About Sepsis | Sepsis Symptoms | The UK Sepsis Trust



In addition the following quick links to guides are also available:



Symptoms of sepsis - NHS (

About Sepsis | Sepsis Symptoms | The UK Sepsis Trust

Our NICE Clinical Tools for Healthcare Professionals - UK Sepsis Trust


Sepsis | Health topics A to Z | CKS | NICE

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