Easington MP Grahame Morris wants people to be more aware of the dangerous medical condition sepsis.
Mr Morris attended a Parliamentary event to raise awareness of of the life- threatening and relatively unknown condition, which claims the lives of 44,000 people – including 1,000 children – every year in the UK.
The event, hosted by the APPG on Sepsis and the UK Sepsis Trust, was attend by more than 40 MPs and Peers, along with a number of patients and their families who have been personally affected by sepsis.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that can affect anyone. Young and old, fit and healthy. It arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it is not recognised early and treated promptly.
He said: “While sepsis is a condition which may not hit the headlines, it is deadly. I want to see sepsis viewed as a medical emergency and have a higher profile among medical professionals and the public.