A new rapid test for an earlier diagnosis of sepsis, which researchers say could save thousands of lives, has been welcomed by a woman from Cornwall whose 12-month-old son died from the condition.
Diagnosing sepsis currently can be a complex process, but researchers from the University of Strathclyde have developed a device which analyses the patient's blood, and results can come through in two-and-a-half minutes.
The researchers said they hoped the low-cost test could come into everyday use in three to five years.
It is estimated that 52,000 people in the UK die every year from sepsis - a serious complication of an infection.
His mother, Melissa Mead (pictured), a campaigner to raise awareness of the condition, said anything enabling quicker access to sepsis treatment "is always welcome" but added that other factors had to be taken into consideration.
Quote Message: Doctors and people need to think [more] about sepsis - you can't access the test unless somebody suspects you've got sepsis. Over 70% of sepsis cases start in the community rather than in hospital. Doctors need to be thinking sepsis so they can fast-track patients." from Melissa Mead Sepsis awareness campaigner