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Hospital trust recruits first sepsis nurse to 'strengthen' care

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A Shropshire trust has appointed its first sepsis nurse practitioner in a bid to “push forward” the way its hospitals detects and treats patients with the condition.

Angela Windsor will take on the role at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust to help implement and strengthen the advancements that have already been made in its sepsis care.

“I believe that we can bring about demonstrable improvements in the quality of care”

Angela Windsor

As part of her new position, Ms Windsor will focus on the screening and treatment of sepsis patients and will also provide education and training to her colleagues.

She will also ensure that work around sepsis is sustainable and hopes to bring about “demonstrable improvements in the quality of care” for patients with the condition.

Ms Windsor, who will move on from her position as a resuscitation officer at the trust, said she was “incredibly excited” to be undertaking her new role as a sepsis nurse practitioner.

She said: “I am passionate about ensuring the best possible care for our most vulnerable patients and I am also privileged to work with so many staff who share my passion and are equally dedicated.

“I believe that we can bring about demonstrable improvements in the quality of care for patients with sepsis and improve patient outcomes by making small changes.”

sepsis boxes

Sepsis boxes

Sepsis boxes at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Ms Windsor’s appointment is part of wider work already going on at the trust to enhance its sepsis care provision.

This includes the establishment of a growing team of “sepsis champions” at its Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital.

The champions, who work on wards and departments at the hospitals, meet on a monthly basis to learn about the ongoing improvements around sepsis and then share the information with their teams.

It has also implemented “sepsis trolleys” to help clinicians deliver immediate care and “sepsis boxes” that can be quickly grabbed if needed. 

Plans are also in place to roll out a sepsis patient group directive, which will allow senior nurses to quickly initiate the drugs and fluids required to treat sepsis within a one hour time frame.

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