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Life Saved by Stanborough Health Talk

Posted on 18 December, 2018

When Moira Surridge gave a talk about sepsis at Stanborough Park Church, she didn’t anticipate that her information would save a life soon afterwards.

On November 8, Moira, a nurse at Watford General Hospital, shared information with church members and community about what causes sepsis as well as its signs and treatment. Sepsis is caused when the body’s inflammatory response to an infection goes into overdrive. Without quick treatment, it can be fatal. However, there is a convenient acronym that can be used to spot the soft signs of sepsis:

Slurred speech

Extreme shivering or muscle pain

Passing no urine in a day

Severe breathlessness

It feels like you’re going to die

Skin mottled or discoloured

“No one should get sepsis because of a lack of knowledge,” said Moira. “I’m passionate about spreading the word in simple terms. Lives will be saved by knowing these basic signs.”

And a life was saved later on that month, thanks to Moria’s talk. When Denise Cuthbert’s mother became ill, Denise remembered the signs from the lecture and was able to identify that her mother had sepsis. She called an ambulance and got her to the hospital just in time!

Hearing Denise’s story made Moira’s day. She said, “Sepsis needs to be made simple so we can all get our heads round it. I'm thrilled to have been able to help one of our members. Wonderful!”

Moira will be doing a radio interview about sepsis on December 19, on Adventist Radio London, from 15.00-17.00. You can listen on adventistradio.london, on the Adventist Radio London app, or on DAB radio.