Signs of Sepsis

Sepsis can initially look like any mild infection such as flu, gastroenteritis (Gastro), urinary or skin infection, or a chest infection. There is no one sign, and symptoms present differently between adults and children.

Sepsis can progress very rapidly, particularly in ‘at risk’ individuals such as the very young or old, Diabetics, malnourished or the very stressed.

Early detection and treatment is essential. Sepsis Kills!

Seek medical help urgently and ask the Doctor or Nurse: “Could this be Sepsis”?

Muscle Pain

Physical discomfort. Feeling like you are going to die

Passing no Urine

(in a day)


Shivering.  Very Hot or Cold

Disoriented or Confused

Disoriented or Confused


or rapid breathing

Skin Mottled

or Pale / Discoloured

Just Ask “Could this be Sepsis”?

Sepsis in Children

Sepsis can present differently in adults and children.

If a child is unwell with either a fever or very low temperature (or has had a fever in the last 24 hours)…….

Seek medical help urgently if the child develops any of these signs:

  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion
  • Looks mottled, bluish, or pale
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch

A child under 5 years of age may have Sepsis if he or she:

  • Is not feeding
  • Is vomiting repeatedly
  • Has not passed urine for 12 hours
Just Ask “Could this be Sepsis”?
Act Now


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