AIM Internet recently announced that we, alongside Sepsis UK, are proud sponsors of Warriors Women for the 2019/20 Tyrrells Premier 15s season. And with Sepsis Awareness Day just around the corner, we thought it was time to take a closer look at Sepsis. 

Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million people across the world every year and according to the Global Sepsis Alliance, the organisation behind World Sepsis Day, one person dies from sepsis every three to four seconds. That’s exactly why Warriors Women will play a match to raise awareness of the life-threatening condition on December 1st. 

Warriors Women Director of Rugby Roy Davies said: “Sepsis is life-threatening and life changing and it can be hard to spot – one of our players is a recent sepsis survivor so this is a cause close to our hearts. 

 

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis occurs when the body’s response to an infection attacks its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multi-organ failure, and if not recognised and treated quickly enough, death. When sepsis occurs, it can cause widespread inflammation and blood clotting across the body. As the World Health Organisation (WHO) explains: “Sepsis is the final common pathway to death from most infectious diseases worldwide.”

Often known as as blood poisoning or septicaemia (both bacterial infections), Sepsis can also develop from viral or fungal infections.

 

What are the symptoms of Sepsis?

The infographic below shows the most common symptoms of Sepsis.

sepsis

Resource: www.world-sepsis-day.org

Possible symptoms of sepsis for a baby or a young child include:

  • When the skin, lips or tongue have become pale, blotchy or appear blue.
  • When a rash does not fade even when you roll a glass over it.
  • Breathlessness, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing at all.
  • Crying in a high-pitched manner which does not sound like their usual cry.
  • Losing interest in feeding or their everyday hobbies.
  • Appearing more sleepy than usual or not waking with ease

 

Possible symptoms of sepsis for an older child or an adult include:

  • When the skin, lips or tongue have become pale, blotchy or appear blue.
  • When a rash does not fade even when you roll a glass over it.
  • Breathlessness, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing at all.
  • Appearing confused, acting in a nonsensical manner or slurring their speech.

 

A world health crisis

Sepsis is a worldwide crisis, and it’s only through awareness that we can start reducing the horrifying statistics. 30 million people are affected by sepsis every year, around 9 million of those die. This equates to one death every 3.5 seconds from sepsis. And many surviving patients suffer from the consequences of sepsis for the rest of their lives.

Warriors Women will hold a Sepsis Awareness Day on Sunday December 1, which includes a game against Bristol Bears Women. The aim is to fill the Sixways Stadium, so if you want to get involved get your tickets today. 

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR ‘SEPSIS AWARENESS DAY’ 

SIXWAYS STADIUM, 1st DECEMBER 2019

We are extremely proud to partner alongside Sepsis UK in sponsoring Warriors Women, and look forward to supporting them for the 2019/20 Tyrrells Premier 15s season. And we couldn’t agree more with Dr Ron Daniels, Founder and CEO of The UK Sepsis Trust when he said: “The key to ending preventable deaths from sepsis is empowerment and we are so grateful to Warriors Women for giving us the opportunity to raise awareness of sepsis in communities and families, helping them to feel able to ‘Just Ask: Could it be sepsis?’

“The awareness and funds raised will be pivotal in continuing the fight against sepsis and saving lives all over the UK.”

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