After delivering a talk to a group of students, during which I had briefly mentioned sepsis, I was approached by one of the tutors.
“I was listening to what you said about sepsis,” she said. “I want to say thank you because now I think I finally know what my mother died from.”
This person was a nurse tutor and therefore could be presumed to have a reasonable knowledge of physiology and disease processes, and yet she had never heard of sepsis. This isn’t a surprise. Sepsis is largely unknown both to the public and also, worryingly, to healthcare professionals.