Although tens of thousands of people in the UK die from sepsis every year, the signs and symptoms are still being missed by medical professionals.

As reported by the BBC last week, Shahida Begum, 39, died of multiple organ failure due to sepsis after having been given painkillers for her sepsis symptoms and sent home.

The inquest noted that the mother-of-two would ‘on the balance of probabilities’ have survived if she had instead been sent to Accident and Emergency.

Mrs Begum had already attended the out-of-hours GP service but had been told there was nothing to worry about.

Sepsis is a medical emergency and the guidelines for treatment require the administration of intravenous antibiotics within an hour of the onset of symptoms.

The key symptoms of sepsis are extreme shivering, breathlessness, a high or low temperature, confusion and reduced urination.

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