Sepsis awareness increase in Scotland

AWARENESS of sepsis and its symptoms has shown small increases in Scotland following a national campaign.

The radio, print and social media campaign launched in February backed by £70,000 of Scottish Government funding.

In addition to online promotion, every community pharmacy in Scotland displayed posters warning of the signs of sepsis.

A report analysing the initiative’s effectiveness found the proportion of people in Scotland who were aware of sepsis increased from 75 per cent to 77 per cent, while knowledge of symptoms increased by four per cent to 49 per cent. And while the proportion of people who said they knew exactly what sepsis is fell from 31 per cent to 28 per cent, more people said they knew what to do about it (rising from 56 per cent to 58 per cent).

Awareness of the need for urgent medical treatment in the first hour also increased by five per cent to 79 per cent. But there was a six per cent reduction in those who said they would contact their GP if sepsis was suspected.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman said: “This campaign was a milestone for sepsis awareness and the results show this has increased the public's understanding of the symptoms of sepsis and the quick action needed to save lives.

"One person every four hours dies as a result of sepsis which is why it is so important our work to raise awareness continues."