A Scotland-wide campaign to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis has been launched by Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP.
The radio, print and social media campaign will reach more than 1.3 million people across the country, and GP surgeries, community pharmacies and hospitals will display posters warning of the signs of sepsis. This will complement work being done through the Scottish Patient Safety Programme to also raise awareness among healthcare teams.
The campaign is being delivered by the SNP Government in partnership with sepsis awareness and support charities Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust (FEAT), Scotland’s Sepsis Charity and Finding Your Feet.
Ms Robison said:
“The SNP Government is committed to raising awareness of the dangers of sepsis. In 2016 392 people in Scotland died where sepsis was the underlying cause and 3,081 where it was a factor. That is why this campaign, backed by £70,000 SNP Government funding, is so important in highlighting the symptoms of this often-silent and often-deadly condition to millions of Scots.
“While mortality rates of people dying directly from sepsis have fallen by 33% from 584 since 2007, there is still more to be done and I am confident this campaign will play its part in equipping the public with a better understanding of the signs and symptoms.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“Having addressed a Conference on sepsis some years ago, I am only too aware of the impact it has on so many Scottish families. Here in Ayrshire, 27 people died as a direct result of sepsis in 2016. While this is a 41% decline from the 46 deaths in 2007, it is still 27 too many. Indeed, sepsis contributed to 246 Ayrshire deaths in 2016, yet it is hardly known.
“Sepsis, it manifests itself through symptoms which can be attributed to other conditions, making it particularly difficult to diagnose. So please contact a doctor if you notice any combination of the following symptoms:
a change in behaviour such as confusion
cold or blotchy hands and feet
very high or low temperature
reduced urine output.
“I would urge constituents to visit www.nhsinform.scot/sepsis and make themselves familiar with further details.”
More information on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme can be found at: http://ihub.scot/ .