Sepsis Research (Feat)
Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening reaction to an infection.
When sepsis strikes, the immune system overreacts and starts attacking not just the infection, but everything else around it including the body’s own tissues and organs. Any type of infection — bacterial, viral or fungal — can lead to sepsis. Sepsis is sometimes confused with Septicaemia or Blood Poisoning The latter is now often referred to as Bacteremia and refers to the bacteria present in the bloodstream. The term sepsis refers to the body’s inflammatory response to infection.
Sepsis is the number one cause of preventable death in the world. It is an indiscriminate, deadly condition that can kill a previously healthy adult in a matter of hours – and that’s despite all the advances in vaccines, antibiotics and intensive care.
Sepsis is one of the least well-recognised medical conditions and can be hard to diagnose due to the similarity of symptoms in other illnesses.
Sepsis Research FEAT was established in 2013. It was born out of the experience of our founder, a sepsis survivor who also suffered terrible personal loss from a condition that has been called the ‘hidden killer’.
At the heart of our charity is the funding of world-leading research designed to improve outcomes for sepsis patients and their families and to save lives – here in the UK and across the world.
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