Sadly these are issues that we hear of frequently with either devastating fatal consequences or life changing amputations or brain injury.
Education and awareness of both patients and health professionals is key. Early recognition of sepsis symptoms, prompt sepsis investigations and urgent administration of antibiotics (within one hour) can all make a difference in reducing the impact of sepsis on both a individual and national level.
We have welcomed the new guidance issued by NICE and continually support the UK Sepsis Trust with their committed campaigns to bring improvements in sepsis healthcare.
Hospitals are missing symptoms of sepsis and failing to give patients antibiotics quick enough, an investigation has found. At some acute hospital trusts in England, NHS workers are failing to spot the signs of suspected sepsis in half of patients.