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Posted on 22nd February 2017

110,000 more people suffer from sepsis, than originally thought

The York Health Economics Consortium suggests that 260,000 Britons develop sepsis each year, 110,000 more than estimated.

The life threatening condition gained publicity after the death of one-year-old William Mead in 2014. 111 mishandled his mother’s call, and doctors failed to spot the condition.

Ron Daniels, chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, said: “It’s sobering to learn that the issue is so much greater than estimated.”

Our recent survey found that four out of five people believed that sepsis was less deadly than breast cancer. 

We asked 500 people which disease they thought caused the most deaths each year in the UK. The choices included: breast cancer, leukaemia, meningitis, pneumonia, and sepsis. 

A total of 25% placed breast cancer at the top of the list even though according the Sepsis Trust, sepsis results in more deaths than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined.

The survey continued to ask what symptoms are associated with sepsis and if respondents could identify the top three, only 26% could.

Sepsis is the UK’s second biggest killer, having overtaken lung cancer in 2015. Coronary heart disease is the deadliest condition, causing almost 74,000 deaths per year. 

This week it was announced that Leicester Royal Infirmary is now the first A&E department in the UK to get their own dedicated sepsis team.

The unique medical team, the first of its kind to be set up in the country, are based in the department to spot signs of the potentially deadly condition, sepsis.

The project has been set up to improve safety in Leicester’s hospitals and received funding of £1.5million from the NHS Resolution.

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