Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection that can lead to multiple organ failure and death, according to the NHS.
The condition, which kills around 37,000 people a year in the UK, can trigger patches of discoloured skin, problems breathing, chills and unconsciousness.
These symptoms, however, are similar to those of other disorders.
This can make sepsis hard to diagnose, meaning valuable time could be lost in treating someone.
Sepsis treatment: The condition can cause patches of discoloured skin
They found that doctors could look for five key biomarkers – something that indicates what’s going on in the body – in blood known to characterise the condition.
Sepsis treatment: Breathlessness is a symptom of the deadly condition
“Sepsis is a process that happens very rapidly,” said Professor Ruoqing Zhu, a co-leader of the stud
Sepsis treatment: Monitoring vital signs and symptoms for hours is the current method of diagnosis
Currently the main way to diagnose sepsis is by monitoring a patient’s vital signs and watching out for key symptoms.