You cannot catch sepsis from another person.

Sepsis is sometimes called septicaemia or blood poisoning.


Sepsis is life threatening and it can be hard to spot.

There are lots of possible symptoms.

They can be like symptoms of other conditions, including flu or a chest infection.

If you think you or someone you look after has symptoms of sepsis, call 999 or go to A&E.

Trust your instincts.

Sepsis can be especially hard to detect in:

  • Babies and young children
  • People with dementia
  • People with a learning disability
  • People who have difficulty communicating

The UK Sepsis Trust

The UK Sepsis Trust was founded in 2012 by NHS consultant, Dr Ron Daniels BEM. Renowned for his systems and translational expertise, Ron had spent the previous 7 years developing and disseminating the Sepsis 6 pathway across the NHS and globally.

Their goal is to end preventable deaths from sepsis and improve outcomes for sepsis survivors. They believe that earlier diagnosis and treatment across the UK would save several thousand lives a year.


Telephone: 0800 3896255

Date published: 17th April, 2023
Date last updated: 13th February, 2024