Six signs of sepsis on ambulances

Nick Kinghorn, Steve Crowe, Ali Thomas, Dee Struthers, Amy Struthers, John Struthers

Health chiefs hope new messages on ambulances could save lives.

Island-based charity Mannin Sepsis, the ambulance service and the UK Sepsis Trust have worked together on the initiative.

The message on both sides of the ambulances states ’Just ask could it be sepsis?’

The charity hopes that the promotion of the message will lead to earlier detection and save lives. As sepsis is a body’s reaction to an infection its immediate diagnosis is not always considered. Any delay in responding to sepsis can threaten life.

There are ’sepsis six signs’ are on one side of the ambulance: slurred speech or confusion; extreme shivering or muscle pain; passing no urine (in a day); severe breathlessness; it feels like you’re going to die and skin is mottled or discoloured.

The ambulance service respond to sepsis as an emergency, with all ambulance staff having had sepsis awareness training. The new sepsis information on the ambulances alerts the public to help spot sepsis sooner to ensure fluids and antibiotics can be given as quickly as possible.

Speedy action will avoid some of the unnecessary deaths occurring from sepsis, or having to live with post sepsis syndrome if you are fortunate to recover.

Steve Crowe, ambulance clinical manager states, said: ’We are so pleased to be able to support our friends in Mannin Sepsis, by spreading the word.

’Sepsis screening is taking place in the ambulance daily.

’The patient recognised as possible sepsis is pre-alerted to the emergency department prior to transport. The mobile bill-boards are very visual and eye catching and will further spread awareness of the great work of Mannin Sepsis.’

To find out more about sepsis, contact Mannin Sepsis ring 07624 334319 or email


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