Vinny Smith, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation said:
“Sepsis is a life-threatening illness and needs to be taken very seriously. People should trust their instincts and see a medical professional if they are concerned about their own health or that of a loved one.
"A more thorough examination of the evidence on sepsis would be welcome. The Lancet letter that says patient care must be informed by facts, and calls for a balanced strategy. It argues that preventable sepsis deaths are relatively rare.
“People and health providers need to work together as prompt recognition of sepsis and meningitis is crucial to ensure life-saving treatment. Health providers are right to focus on improvement of awareness, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, and health professionals need more support to do a difficult job well."