Infection Prevention & Control Team Step Out for Sepsis

28th July 2016

On Saturday 23rd July, Livewell Southwest's Infection Prevention and Control team took part in a sponsored walk in Central Park to raise money for the UK Sepsis Trust. As well as carrying the Hand Hygiene torch, there were also a range of activities for families to enjoy.

Sepsis. also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection or injury. In Sepsis, the body's immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight the infection. This can reduce the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys. Without quick treatment, Sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death. Every year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of Sepsis, resulting in a staggering 44,000 deaths – more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. The UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) was established as a charity in 2012 with the objective of saving 12,500 lives every year.

The team raised over £700, which will be matched by Livewell Southwest and donated to the UK Sepsis Trust.