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A team of medical and nursing staff from Yeovil Hospital are gearing up for the Cycle4Sepsis challenge for the second year running to raise awareness and funds for the life-threatening condition.

Each year it is estimated more than 100,000 people in the UK are admitted to hospital with sepsis and around 31,000 people die every year as a result of the condition.

Starting at Yeovil Hospital, the two-day cycle will see the team of 16 put through their paces as they head out on a tour of hospitals on their way to Cardiff Bay.

This unique event brings teams of cyclists from all over the country together to cycle from their home towns to Cardiff Bay via a planned route. The South West team will begin pushing the pedals at 8am on Saturday 10 September as they travel to Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital before heading north to the Somerset Partnership offices at Burnham-on-Sea. The group will then travel onto Bristol’s Southmead Hospital on Sunday 11 September, followed by Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital before reaching their final destination.

The team of 15 is made up of four nurses and three sisters from Yeovil Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, one respiratory physiotherapist, one resus officer, an associate practitioner and one doctor all from Yeovil Hospital. They are joined by three doctors who trained at Yeovil Hospital and one critical care outreach sister from Musgrove Park Hospital.

ICU staff nurse Emily Paulley said: “Sepsis is so serious and affects so many people, yet very few people really know the symptoms so it is essential we raise awareness and get people talking about it so more lives can be saved.

“We took part in the Cycle4Sepsis challenge to London last year and were delighted by the support. I am really looking forward to it. We have been training on our days off, taking part in Wiggle events such as the Wiggle Jurassic Beast and Wiggle Bournemouth, which are a great taster. Let’s just hope the weather is kind to us.”

Sepsis, also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection or injury. In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection. This can reduce the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys. Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

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