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Posted by Recuperating sepsis survivor (as ),
I have been told by numerous medical professionals how incredibly lucky I was to survive septic shock, pneumonia and pulmonary embolisms in February 2016. This was due firstly to being properly and quickly diagnosed in A&E as having sepsis and secondly the very high quality of care I received from the medical professionals at the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley and subsequently at the Queen Elizabeth in Glasgow. I cannot thank them enough. Unfortunately the out patient care I have received has been disappointing and disjointed. I have had to fight to get non routine follow up appointments which after a month in hospital the majority of which was in HDU and ICU (in both hospitals) was not helpful to my rehabilitation.
My rehabilitation continues and I'm making progress albeit slowly. I found details of the Sepsis Trust in a booklet my husband was given about Intensive Care. Through them I have found out a lot more about sepsis and the number of people who are touched by it. I am disappointed that a condition which kills 44, 000 people a year in the UK alone does not merit a leaflet or a poster in GP surgeries and in hospitals ( in Greater Glasgow and Clyde). I know a lot of work has been done in Scotland with medical professionals but I'm very surprised there has not been a drive to educate the public. Awareness is the key in reducing the number of deaths. World Sepsis Day is on 13 September and would be an ideal time to start an awareness campaign. In the meantime I share the Sepsis Trust posts on social media in the hope that a life might be saved.