Sepsis is a life-threatening condition and can occur when the body develops an infection which then affects the organs such as the heart, lungs, brain and kidneys.

It affects approximately 15,000 people in Ireland each year, and can prove fatal if not treated quickly.

“Sepsis is a common time-dependent medical emergency which can affect a person of any age and can strike irrespective of underlying good health or medical conditions.,” said Helen Donovan, Sepsis Lead at Galway University Hospitals.

“However, early recognition and timely treatment can have a major impact and this is the message we want to get out, ‘Think Sepsis’.”

“Sepsis awareness is an on-going project to increase awareness for all healthcare staff, patients and the wider community.”