NHS Long Term Plan to reduce toll of ‘hidden killer’ sepsis

Hospital staff urged to be more alert to ‘hidden killer’ sepsis | via NHS England

Hospital staff must alert senior doctors if patients with suspected sepsis do not respond to treatment within an hour, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan to save thousands more lives. Every trust must take action to spot and treat the killer blood condition, which costs 37,000 lives a year, under guidance that is being mandated by NHS England.

The guidance, drawn up with the Royal College of Physicians, The Royal College of GPs, NICE and the UK Sepsis Trust, states that staff should look for sepsis at an early stage in patients coming to A&Es and those who are already on wards.

Medics must ask consultants for help if patients with suspected sepsis do not respond to treatment within an hour, and hospital teams should also take sufficient note of non-specific symptoms and concerns expressed by relatives and carers such as acute changes in behaviour.

Hospitals will be contractually obliged to ensure they fully comply with the guidance coming in from April.  The initiative comes as the NHS prepares to pilot new clinical standards aimed at providing swifter diagnosis and treatment for patients arriving at A&E with suspected sepsis.

Full story at NHS England

Related guidance: Sepsis guidance implementation advice for adults

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