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Can you identify the signs of sepsis?

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A study by the Health Service Ombudsman found shortcomings in initial assessment and delay in emergency treatment which have led to missed opportunities to save lives.

It found that care failings seem to occur mainly in the first few hours after arrival in hospital, when rapid diagnosis and simple treatment can be critical to the chances of survival.

Recurring shortcomings included lack of timely history and examination on presentation, failure to recognise the severity of the illness, delays in administering treatment, and delay in source control of infection.

Sepsis is an overreaction to infection by the body’s immune system, which can lead to widespread inflammation (swelling) and blood clotting.

It accounts for 100,000 hospital admissions each year, with an average cost of about £20,000 each, according to the UK Sepsis Trust. Around 37,000 people are estimated to die of it each year.

The most common causes of severe sepsis are pneumonia, bowel perforation, urinary infection, and severe skin infections.

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  • Go here for a simple overview of "

    sepsis"http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sepsis/DS01004

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  • Sorry that got scrambled

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sepsis/DS01004

    is the link

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  • Anonymous


    The UK Sepsis Trust is also very informative and with excellent and clearly wrtitten supports for patients and relatives

    sepsistrust.org

    and pdf information leaflet

    http://sepsistrust.org/files/2013/02/Sepsis_A5_final.pdf

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  • Anonymous

    Sepsis 6 is part of the Trust Acute Illness Management courses that all registered Nurses are encouraged to complete. It is on our Early Warning Scoring charts so Registered Nurses can follow the simple flow sheet and start early management

    We remember it as Give 3, Take 3
    Give - High Flow Oxygen
    Give - IV Fluid
    Give - Antibiotic (when prescribed)
    Take - Blood culture
    Take - Bloods
    Take - Accurate hourly urine output

    It saves lives..........

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  • Anonymous

    thanks anon 4:39

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  • Anonymous

    thanks anonymous

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