Members of the Trust's sepsis team have been visiting
wards to launch and deliver training on a new approach to
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
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."
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham