World Sepsis Day - 13th September

Posted on Tue, 09/09/2014

QE Gateshead is doing its bit to raise awareness of Sepsis, the body’s deadly toxic response to infection which is often misunderstood as blood poisoning. 

World Sepsis Day on the 13th September aims to make the word sepsis a household name by 2020, and one synonymous with a health emergency. 

It is increasing at a dramatic rate of around 9% a year and the UK Sepsis Trust estimates there are around 37,000 deaths a year. Patients need fast effective care in order to prevent death.  

QE Gateshead has an excellent reputation for patient safety and with this in mind has appointed Andy Rooks as a clinical lead for sepsis to ensure a robust initial treatment plan is in place for patient coming into our Trust.  Andy plans to work closely with all clinical areas to ensure that sepsis is recognised, treat and escalated in order to save lives.

Andy said: “The UK Sepsis Trust says ‘Sepsis is time critical – risk of death rises with every hour treatment is delayed.’ With that in mind we’re trying to raise awareness of this deadly condition among our staff so they learn to identify it quickly. We’re holding events in the hospital to tell staff more about it and how they can treat it. The health ombudsman recently looked at ten NHS patients whose sepsis had led to tragic consequences and they found that care varied among factors such as recognition of sepsis, communication skills, escalation of care, ease of available equipment, and hour of the day. We want to make sure that we’re providing consistently excellent care for these very ill patients.”  

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