@uwshls Professor Helps Raise Awareness of Sepsis

Professor Kevin Rooney, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley and Professor of Care Improvement within our school at the University of the West of Scotland is one of the experts involved in three infomercials which will be shared in the “Life Matters” radio slot that runs on the Bauer Network (Forth/Clyde/Northsound/Tay) for 1-week. The infomercials will start broadcasting on or around the 15th April 2019

Professor Rooney has also been involved in the Scottish Government’s Sepsis Awareness Campaign which is being launched at the same time as the radio broadcasts commence.

Last year, in February 2018, Professor Rooney was the subject matter expert for the previous Scottish Government’s Sepsis Awareness Campaign which was co-delivered with the Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust. The campaign ran for 1 month via the following media channels: radio (Life Matters), local print media, the Big Issue, 1200 poster sites in community pharmacies across Scotland, leaflets in community pharmacies, posters and leaflets placed in GP surgeries and hospitals, and also via Facebook. For an overview of last years campaign and its success in awareness raising see https://www.gov.scot/news/increase-in-awareness-of-sepsis/

This year as well as attempting to increase public awareness of the symptoms of the illness,  See https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sepsis/

Professor Rooney has indicated that the campaign message will also highlight the early indicators of Sepsis Risk which are listed in the image above.

Below is a brief message from Professor Rooney

Sepsis is a serious medical condition

It is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection. It can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Early signs that you might be developing Sepsis include Uncontrolled shivering, very high or very low temperature, confusion, not passing as much urine as normal, and very cold or blotchy hands and feet.

Every hour without treatment increases the risk of death:

If someone has a history of a recent infection or injury and has the possible early signs of sepsis, I would advise them to seek medical advice urgently. If detected early sepsis can be successfully treated without any long term health consequences.

For more information visit www.nhsinform.scot/sepsis