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New approach for treatment of sepsis

sepsis launch oct2014

Members of the Trust's sepsis team have been visiting wards to launch and deliver training on a new approach to sepsis care.

Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.

Sepsis accounts for 37,000 deaths annually in the UK - that's more than bowel cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer put together. The new sepsis care bundle is being launched to raise awareness among staff of the importance of recognising the symptoms of sepsis in a patient and responding quickly with treatments known as the 'Sepsis Six'.

Trust medical director, Professor Chris Gray, pictured above with members of the sepsis team and clinical staff, says,"Timely assessment and treatment of patients with infection is effective in improving patient outcomes. We urge all staff to engage with the 'sepsis team'and remind themselves of the key principles of sepsis management."

Trish Bannar-Martin, ward manager for ward 44 at DMH, adds, "The launch of the new approach to sepsis care will focus staff on recognising the early signs of sepsis and with increased training will lead to better outcomes for patients. As a sister working on an acute medical ward, this gives me confidence that my team will recognise and manage sepsis effectively."

'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital