The Sepsis song is aims to educate people with learning disabilities and the people who support them, to know what sepsis is, and when someone has possible signs to remember to always ask the health professionals ‘Is it sepsis?’
Please see the link below to the long awaited pop video to the Sepsis song that The Purple All-Star groups have been working on. This link is private at the moment but will soon be available to the public; there has also been a social media launch.
The video features the Purple All Stars performing the song: Check me for Sepsis. The Purple All Stars are a group of people with learning disabilities who provide powerful health promotion messages using creative arts.
Please use the link below as a resource in your practices to promote an understanding with people with learning disabilities and their carers of the importance of recognising signs of sepsis and to act fast.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is the body’s abnormal response to infection. If the early signs of sepsis are not recognised and treated promptly, multiple organ failure may develop, which often leads to death. Sepsis is usually triggered by bacterial infection, the most common source being pneumonia. If infection is prevented, sepsis will be prevented.
There is currently no test to confirm or rule out sepsis. Diagnosis relies on clinical decision-making, that the person’s deterioration has been triggered by infection.
It is vitally important that people recognise the early signs of sepsis and seek urgent medical attention.
People with learning disabilities suffer health inequalities, dying on average die 15 – 20 years younger than the general population (LeDeR, 2018). In the UK, sepsis is the third most common cause of death for people with learning disabilities; the most common causes of death are pneumonia and aspiration pneumonia (LeDeR, 2018).