Sensium has been working with the UK Sepsis Trust on a campaign to raise awareness of hospital-acquired sepsis (HAS).

13 September 2019

On World Sepsis Day (Friday 13th September) Sensium have developed a UKST video featuring Ron Daniels, CEO of the UK Sepsis Trust and Sylvester Lennon, a hospital-acquired sepsis survivor.

Sensium have also developed a hospital-acquired sepsis website to host this material -

You can view the UKST video on the homepage and Sylvester video on the Impact page -


What is hosptial acquired sepsis?

Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by the body's response to an infection. Your immune system protects you from many illnesses and infections, but it's also possible for it to go into overdrive in response to an infection. Sepsis develops when the chemicals in the immue system release into the bloodstream to fight an infection, causing inflammation throughout the entire body instead. Severe cases of sepsis can lead to septic shock, which is a medical emergency.

Hospital-acquired sepsis is sepsis that develops when a patient is in hospital. The patient enters hospital without sepsis, but during their stay in hospital, they develop sepsis. In the UK, hospital-acquired sepsis accounts for about 20-30% of all instances of sepsis and severe consequences and death are most preventable if detected as early as possible. Hospital-acquired sepsis has double the mortality rate of community acquired sepsis and costs twice as much to treat*.

* Page D, Donnelly J, Wang H. Community-, Healthcare-, and Hospital-Acquired Severe Sepsis Hospitalizations in the University HealthSystem Consortium. Critical Care Medicine. 2015;43(9):1945-1951.