At a time when the NHS is under great financial pressure, Compton is at the forefront of testing and delivering fundraising plans for projects and programmes to provide additional funding for our hospitals, healthcare institutions and medical research charities.
Sepsis (the modern term for blood poisoning or septicaemia) is a life threatening condition caused by the body's response to an infection. It develops when our immune systems, activating to fight an infection, over-react in a chaotic manner and instead cause inflammation throughout the entire body. Unchecked, this leads to multiple organ failure and death. In the UK, at least 250,000 people develop sepsis every year. It is likely the number is actually much more than this, but current data systems do not record cases accurately. If caught early, sepsis is often entirely treatable, yet it claims at least 44,000 lives in the UK – and one quarter of survivors (around 51,500 people) suffer permanent life-changing after effects – simply because their symptoms were not recognised and treated quickly enough. Sepsis is more common than heart attacks; and claims more lives than bowel, breast, and prostate cancer, HIV and road accidents combined. It is also the biggest direct cause of death in pregnancy.
The UK Sepsis Trust, a registered charity believes that many – around 14,000 lives each year – could be saved by asking a simple question: “Could it be sepsis?”
The Charity was founded in 2012 with a mission to save lives and improve outcomes for survivors of sepsis. It aims to achieve this by instigating political change, educating healthcare professionals, raising public awareness and providing support for those affected by the condition. Headed by world leader in sepsis, Dr Ron Daniels, the Trust delivers education and training programmes, develops clinical pathways with global uptake, influences policy makers, and supports those affected by sepsis, in order to reform the way in which sepsis is handled. Dr Daniels’ treatment pathway, the ‘Sepsis Six’, is established as the gold standard of care both in the UK and 33 other countries. It has been proven to dramatically increase survival rates.
We are pleased to be working with the Sepsis Trust team to explore funding opportunities to save tens of thousands of lives very year in the UK.