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Fundraising Parkrun for Sepsis Prevention

Staff from across UHNM will be lacing up their trainers in an effort to increase awareness of sepsis prevention and to raise funds for UHNM Charity.

Dr Ram Matsa, Clinical Lead for Sepsis and Critical Consultant, Haidee Sim, Senior Sister in Infection Prevention, Dr Andrew Bennett, Specialist Doctor in Emergency Medicine, Lisa Lomas, Assistant Nurse in Sepsis Prevention, and Amanda Wise, Sepsis Specialist Nurse, will be taking part in Parkrun at Trentham Gardens on Saturday 30 September.

A life-threatening reaction to an infection, five people die every hour of sepsis in the UK.

Amanda Wise, Sepsis Specialist Nurse said: “Team Sepsis at UHNM is committed to preventing sepsis and saving lives and decided to join in the Parkrun as a way of creating awareness of the dangers of sepsis and educating the public and wider community on its impact.”

“Sepsis is caused by the body’s abnormal response to an infection. Normally our immune system protects us from infection however with sepsis the immune system goes into overdrive and has an extreme response to infection. Each year more than 200,000 people are admitted to hospital. It’s vital that people in the community recognises sepsis and knows when to seek medical advice.”

“Sepsis is not always easy to spot and can be mistaken for other conditions such as flu, so it’s vital to know what to look out for to ensure early intervention. For adults, symptoms include slurred speech, shivering, breathless, mottled or discoloured skin and for children, symptoms can be difficulty breathing, a rash that doesn’t fade, lethargic and cold to touch.”

“Any runners already taking part in the Parkrun or anybody wishing to join us are very welcome.”

After completing the 5k run, the team will spend the day raising awareness of Sepsis with the public at Trentham Shopping Village.

Amanda added: “We’re all really looking forward to taking part in the run. We thought taking part in the popular Parkrun at Trentham would be a good way to get as many people as possible involved and gain maximum exposure.”

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