PEOPLE could die from sepsis because they have been too afraid to seek help during the coronavirus crisis, a research charity has warned.
On World Sepsis Day, Glasgow-based Sepsis Research FEAT revealed it had heard from supporters who were concerned that sepsis diagnosis was being missed or delayed because medical staff were not aware of its symptoms and could confuse it with Covid-19 because of some similarities between the illnesses.
During lockdown there was concern people weren’t seeking the right medical assistance or were delaying contacting their GPs amid concern of the spread of the virus and now its feared Sepsis cases could be falling into the same category.
Sepsis is one of the world’s biggest killers. In Scotland alone 4000 people die from it every year. In the UK the figure is 48,000 and across the world it’s 11 million.
Colin Graham, the charity’s chief operating officer, said: “We appreciate that there are some similarities in the symptoms of sepsis and Covid-19, and this can cause confusion both for patients and medical staff. But treatment for each is very different. We urge NHS executives and the Scottish Government for their support in getting the message out to all NHS staff to keep sepsis in mind as a possibility when triaging any patient at this time, so that if they have sepsis it can be quickly identified and the correct treatment given.”
Alastair Craig knows how quickly and devastating Sepsis can be.
Mr Craig and his wife, Brenda, met when they were both 50 and married a few years later.
However, he was left heartbroken when Brenda was taken from him by Sepsis.
Mr Craig, from Glasgow, knew about the illness and of its potentially devastating consequences but, like most of us, he didn’t expect it to affect anyone close to him.
“My wife Brenda and I met ‘the modern way’ online when we had both just reached 50 in 2007 and married four years later.”
Brenda, 63, who was a Customer Service Assistant with Scottish Canals, had two sons from her previous marriage, both of whom live in…