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  1. Thanks for taking the time to visit my Blog for the 2016 version of the annual Cycle-a-thon for The UK Sepsis Trust Firstly and most importantly - you can donate on our Just Giving page here or text TSOL66 £5 to 70070 or any other £amount. From my JG page - the intro is below. All other updates from me and the team will be blogged here. The Glory List - Team Sollis Brad Sollis, Antony Georgiou, James Ball, Jack Dodd Mikey Smith, Ollie Lane, Luke Shelley, Ben Schulze Jack Wakelin, Lee Wade, Andy Bolt Julian Hull, Dean Snowdon, Andy Groves, Phil Cawkwell Gerry Richards, Nick Smith, Richard Dolphin, Robert Taylor The Why Why donate? Well it's pretty well known prostate cancer kills one person every hour - which is awful. But did you know Sepsis, kills four people every hour. Which statistics say, is four times as awful. My old man was one of the lucky ones. He survived sepsis. But it was a battle - "a marathon not a sprint" he would say. Our mission again this year is to raise awareness of Sepsis and raise money for the UK charity to reduce that 4 in 1 number that terrifies me. So please help support me and the rest of Team Sollis on our bike ride from Sutton to Cardiff this September. If you can donate or share this, so others can follow these links and see a bit more about this brutal disease, then I thank you. If you know our story - the gratitude from my Dad is here If you need more inspiration on why this needs to be fixed - then it's here http://sepsistrust.org/story/  Now Do It! Help us save 15,000 lives a year - just by raising awareness, Share / Donate / Talk & Learn the Signs Thank you for helping us on our mission ... Brad
  2. Today I am putting final touches to my talk. I have been invited to be guest speaker at an event in the Guildhall London. I will be giving a talk to a group of police officers on overcoming adversity. I also hope to raise awareness of Sepsis.
  3. Well It's a start Full story may follow Thanks to You.pdf
  4. If you missed this campaign then you must have been on some other planet! It is possible (I missed the whole Beijing Olympics ...) so if you want to catch up and see how the 2014 Kiss campaign went, it's all here.
  5. A remarkable story - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2644031/I-never-going-sit-wheelchair-day-Meet-talented-quadruple-amputee-pursuing-passion-dance.html
  6. Saw this on line - Heart attack victim - so sad but so real.
  7. What is sepsis? Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognized early and treated promptly. Sepsis is caused by the way the body responds to germs, such as bacteria, getting into your body. The infection may have started anywhere in a sufferer’s body, and may be only in one part of the body or it may be widespread. Sepsis can occur following chest or water infections, problems in the abdomen like burst ulcers, or simple skin injuries like cuts and bites. Sepsis can be caused by a huge variety of different bugs, most cases being caused by common bacteria which we all come into contact with every day without them making us ill. Sometimes, though, the body responds abnormally to these infections, and causes sepsis. Different types of sepsis Many people can have ‘mild’ sepsis which can make them feel ill but doesn’t require treatment in hospital. Mild sepsis can result from chest infections, urine infections and other minor illnesses. However, other patients develop severe sepsis, which means they become seriously ill and need hospital treatment straight away. How would I know if I had sepsis? If you or a loved one had a suspected infection, or certain risk factors like being very young or old, diabetic, pregnant or on long-term steroids, then you would need to know what to look for. Early signs of a ‘flu-like illness, chest infection, diarrhoea and vomiting or inability to eat and drink, together with one of the symptoms of sepsis should be taken seriously. Our Symptom Checker card gives a list of 6 symptoms to look out for. Why does sepsis matter? Sepsis is one of our biggest killers! Shocking, since so few people are aware of it, but sepsis claims 37,000 lives every year in the UK and costs the NHS £2.5 billion a year. In comparison, breast cancer claims less than 8,000 lives a year. By helping us to ensure the reliable delivery of basic sepsis care (the ‘Sepsis Six’), you can help us to save 12,500 lives every year and reduce costs by an estimated £160 million.
  8. At the UK Sepsis Trust, we recognise the scale and significance of the impact of severe sepsis on sufferers and their families. Although many patients return to a normal life, those who survive the condition may experience longstanding physical effects, and some suffer from psychological difficulties resulting from their prolonged illness. We aim, through effort and through our status as a registered charity, to: Provide support to patients and their relatives, including those bereaved by sepsis, through the provision of accessible information and the development of support networks Raise public awareness of sepsis through engagement of traditional and social media resources Continue, via our associated education programme, Survive Sepsis, to educate health professionals of all disciplines in the importance of early sepsis recognition and management Establish the infrastructure necessary to facilitate improvement through our Parliamentary lobbying campaign We are a registered charity, registration number 1146234. Our 28 page, full colour booklet, ‘Sepsis: a guide for patients & relatives’ can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here, and is available to Intensive Care Units for just £11.95 for 125 copies (to cover P&P)- e mail fiona@sepsistrust.org Our lay group, comprising ex-patients and persons bereaved by sepsis, is available to provide support and works with us to inform public awareness campaigns. We anticipate that during 2014 we will launch a structured support network across England, Wales and Scotland (once we are registered in Scotland in the Spring). We work with the media and with other charities, including the Global Sepsis Alliance, to promote awareness. Our media outreach in 2013 was to over 30 million people, with appearances on BBC News at Ten, ITV News at Ten, BBC Breakfast and regional television news, radio interviews including on Radio 4′s Today programme and Radio Five Live, and over a dozen articles in national newspapers and glossies. Through 2013, and focused around World Sepsis Day in September, we built a coalition of stakeholders including the Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Intensive Care Society, Society for Acute Medicine, Infection Prevention Society and College of Emergency Medicine. We will be making representation to Her Majesty’s Government and to the Department of Health to help establish sepsis as a clinical priority for the NHS. A first step in this was the formation of our All Party Parliamentary Group on sepsis, launched in September 2013. Awareness among healthcare professionals is also low. We have developed a training programme, Survive Sepsis, which is endorsed by relevant professional bodies. Survive Sepsis aims to improve knowledge and skills in recognition and management of sepsis among all healthcare professions. We have released a free App across iOS, Android and Windows platforms to assist in the bedside recognition of sepsis. See main website for more info here
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