Our sepsis public page is a reliable source for information about sepsis – a serious medical condition that can affect anyone. This page will help you understand what sepsis is, who is at a greater risk of developing sepsis, possible causes of sepsis, common signs and symptoms, and the critical importance of early recognition and action.
Sepsis is a life-threatening illness that occurs when the body’s response to an infection causes injury to its own organs and tissues. The body’s immune system which usually protects us by fighting infection goes into overdrive causing widespread inflammation that can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and even death if not recognised and treated promptly.
Anyone can develop sepsis and we all need to know what to look out for, especially those at risk.
See information in the below tabs about adults, maternity and children on the signs and symptoms of sepsis for yourself or a loved one.
Stay informed, and join us in raising awareness about sepsis – it can save lives.
Remember to ask “Could this be Sepsis?”.
- Cathal O'Donnell: Sepsis Awareness video
- Have you heard of Maternal Sepsis? - Signs and Symptoms video
- Maternal Sepsis Information Booklet 2021
Note: The Sepsis Programme cannot contact every individual who accesses the website when the information is updated.