Early Identification Key to Sepsis Treatment

Everyone has a role to play in identifying and treating sepsis in its early stages. That is the message from local health commissioners who are backing a campaign to raise awareness of the illness.

Sepsis is a potentially life threatening condition which can lead to multiple organ failure and death if not identified and treated early. It is estimated that around 150,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with sepsis which can be treated with antibiotics if identified in its early stages.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are backing a campaign by Health Education England titled ‘Think Sepsis’ which is raising awareness of the illness. Local health commissioners are highlighting a different element of sepsis diagnosis and treatment every month between now and world sepsis day on September 13.

This month, the Sefton CCGs have focussed on medicines management and the role community pharmacists can play in offering support to anyone who may have concerns about the illness.

Speaking about the campaign, Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “Everyone has a role to play in identifying and treating sepsis, including community pharmacists. Although it would be very rare for someone to present themselves at a chemists with signs of sepsis, we need everyone to be vigilant and ensure they familiarise themselves with the symptoms and are able to respond accordingly.

“Official guidelines state that, within an hour of diagnosis of sepsis, broad-spectrum antibiotics should be administered, so getting people to hospital quickly is of paramount importance.”

People are advised to seek medical advice urgently if you’ve recently had an infection or injury and you have had possible early signs of sepsis. People should be aware of the following symptoms which may indicate a person has sepsis.

In children under five, you should go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child has any of these symptoms:

  • looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • feels abnormally cold to touch
  • is breathing very fast
  • has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • has a fit or convulsion

In older children and adults, early symptoms of sepsis may include:

  • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivering
  • a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing

Anyone who would like to know more about sepsis, including further information on what symptoms to keep an eye out for, can visit the NHS Choices website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sepsis/treatment/

SAFE and the Green Dream Project need your vote!

The Green Dream Solar Scheme have been shortlisted for the M&S Energy + crowdfunder.co.uk renewable energy campaign and Voting is now open.

They aim to transform neighbourhoods by bringing an empty pub- back to life, creating a canal side community eatery/hotel/business hub.

This “community” hub will act as a venue for creative & cultural activity, promoting healthier communities, a place to live, work, create!

The Solar panels will enable them to reduce emissions which will help the environment and conserve energy. It will also help reduce energy bills, with the money saved invested into local community projects.

To vote for our Green Dream Solar Scheme. Click the link and then click on the orange tab saying Vote for project to win.

www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects/the-green-dream-solar-scheme

Sefton supports campaign against domestic violence – ‘Be A Lover, Not A Fighter’

Representatives from Sefton Council and the wider community showed their support this week for a new anti-domestic abuse campaign taking place across parts of the North West.

‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ is running across areas in Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire in a bid to encourage people to talk about the problem and know what they should do to help if someone is experiencing domestic abuse. It is asking people to wear the ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ badge and offer another to a friend or family member.


 

Click here to download information about local services across Sefton 

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This year, the second year that the campaign has taken place, the initiative is focusing on children as a staggering 90% of domestic abuse is witnessed by children.

The face to face engagement event on March 1 at The Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, was part of 12 public engagement events taking place as part of the campaign.

Run by public health partners, ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ will be seen across seven local authorities in Cheshire and Merseyside areas and across Lancashire, building on the work first delivered by the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Collaborative (Champs).

 

Matthew Ashton, the public health lead for the campaign said:

“Domestic abuse is never acceptable. This campaign aims to highlight the issue of domestic abuse, particularly the impact on children, and stop domestic abuse being a hidden issue in our communities. Domestic abuse is about more than physical violence. The short and long term impacts on children are huge, on behaviour and educational achievement as well as physical and mental health, including increasing the risk of suicide and self-harm. Creating the environment where domestic abuse is understood better and accepted less will help support our local work and we want to encourage people to pledge their support.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing said:

“Domestic abuse has significant psychological consequences for everyone involved especially children in this case. More needs to be achieved and we at Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board are working in partnership to respond. We welcome anything that raises awareness about what domestic abuse is so people can understand the issue and we can help more people.”

1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have suffered domestic abuse with two women killed every week and two men killed every month in the UK by their partners. About half of violent relationships involve violence by both partners.

Celebrities including DIY SOS and National Lottery presenter Nick Knowles, Superbike World Champion Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty,  ‘Shameless’ and ‘Cuffs’ star Karen Bryson, Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston, ‘Benidorm’s’ Crissy Rock, Hannah Hobley and Philip Olivier and singer Russell Watson have all offered support for the campaign.

For more information, where the engagement events are being held or to find out how you can pledge your support go to www.lovernotfighter.org.uk.