Know the signs

Sepsis is a life threatening complication of infection. If not treated fast enough sepsis can lead to loss of limbs or even death.

What are the early symptoms and signs?

Symptoms of sepsis can multiply and get worse very quickly. If you notice any combination of these symptoms you need to take immediate action.

Symptoms include a very high or low temperature. Uncontrolled shivering. Confusion. Cold or blotchy hands or feet. Not passing urine as normal.

More about sepsis

Who is at risk?

Anyone can develop sepsis after a minor injury or infection. It can affect people of any age or condition of health.

What to do if you suspect sepsis

Seek urgent medical advice from your GP if you've recently had an infection or injury and you have possible signs of sepsis, and ask 'is this sepsis?'. If your GP practice is closed, phone the 111 service.

If sepsis is suspected, you’ll usually be referred to hospital for further diagnosis and treatment. Sepsis is a medical emergency.

If you or someone you care about has a rapid progression of these symptoms phone 999. Time is critical when it comes to treating sepsis and every hour counts

Other resources

Sepsis Research is Scotland’s sepsis charity, dedicated to sepsis research. It is fighting to Stop Sepsis Now. To find out more visit