Monday, 17 September 2012

Cambridge MP Huppert Backs Campaign To Tackle Killer Disease

Julian attends the UK Sepsis Trust’s
Westminster reception 

MP Julian Huppert has backed a campaign to tackle a relatively unknown illness which kills more people each year than common cancers.

Julian gave his support for early recognition and treatment of Sepsis at a House of Commons reception organised by the UK Sepsis Trust.

And he signed an Early Day Motion calling on the government to improve standards in the detection and treatment of the disease.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition which occurs when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and claims the lives of 37,000 people in the UK every year – more than the number of lives claimed by cancers of the breast, bowel and prostate combined.

Julian said: “Many people will never have heard of this condition; it doesn’t hit the headlines but it is deadly.

“But with early diagnosis and fast treatment many lives could be saved. I want to see Sepsis viewed as a medical emergency with a much higher profile so that sufferers can get the early help they need.”

 Sepsis is the leading cause of death from infection around the world and, despite advances in modern medicine like vaccines, antibiotics, and acute care experts believe not enough is being done to save lives.

If a patient is diagnosed and treated in the first hour following presentation with Sepsis, he or she will have more than an 80 per cent survival rate. After the sixth hour, the patient only has a 30 per cent survival rate.

Speakers at the event included Patrick Kane, a 15-year old school boy who survived Sepsis and who carried the Olympic torch through London in July despite losing his lost his right leg below the knee and his left lower arm and fingers off his right hand to the disease.

 Dr. Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust said: “The statistics associated with Sepsis have dramatic implications for global efforts to eliminate disease. Sepsis is a medical emergency and requires a worldwide effort to educate and engage both the general public and political powers, to take steps required to tackle its growing number of victims.”

 The full wording of the EDM is as follows:
"That this House notes that sepsis claims 37,000 lives in the UK every year which is more than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined; supports the work of the UK Sepsis Group in raising awareness of the condition; further notes that simple timely interventions identified in international care standards by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign can halve the risk of death and save the NHS money; is concerned that in the UK these standards are met in fewer than one in seven cases; calls on the Department of Health to ensure that these standards are met across the NHS; and urges that the Quality Standard identified in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Library of Topics for Development on surgical site infection and sepsis should be broadened to include the whole spectrum of the condition and should be produced quickly."

Julian at the UK Sepsis Trust’s Westminster reception
signing the Early Day Motion (EDM)