Last Tuesday, 13th September, was World Sepsis Day and staff at Tallaght Hospital joined healthcare colleagues across the globe in marking the date.
It’s all part of Sepsis Awareness Month during which specific efforts are made to educate the public about sepsis, how it affects the body and how to recognise the symptoms so that it can be treated quickly.
Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight an infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body, which can lead to a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail.
If sepsis progresses to septic shock and the patient’s blood pressure drops dramatically, the condition can become life-threatening.
Anyone can develop sepsis, but it is most common and most dangerous in older adults or those with weakened immune systems.
Early treatment of sepsis, usually with antibiotics and large amounts of intravenous fluids, improves chances for survival.
As part of Tallaght Hospital’s Zero Harm initiative, which aims to reduce preventable illnesses through innovation and public information, there were two information stands on-site to inform the public and remind staff of the key signs to look out for which in patients with an infection include the following:
· Slurred Speech, confusion, weakness
· Increased heartbeat of over 90 beats per minute, fast breathing, passing very little urine
· Rigors, chills – severing shivering and/of high temperature
· Skin colour changes – skin is cold, pale, mottled or warm and flushed
Commenting ahead of World Sepsis Day, Dr. Daragh Fahey, Director of Quality, Safety and Risk Management at Tallaght Hospital, said:
“Tallaght Hospital is very proud to support World Sepsis Day.
“Through raising awareness of the condition and reminding people of the signs to look out for, we can continue to reduce the risk to patients.
“This is an excellent opportunity for both staff and the public to ensure they are familiar with the signs for sepsis as part of our ongoing Zero Harm Initiative which aims to reduce preventable illnesses through innovation and public information.”