Category list : Sepsis
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Sepsis: early detection and careSubscription
Mandy Odell, MA, RN, PGDip. Nurse Consultant in Critical Care, Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust, Reading, Berkshire Sepsis is a complex disease that includes in its continuum systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), sepsis and severe sepsis. It is the leading cause of severe illness and death in medical and surgical patients in intensive care (Bone, 1997).
Julie Nassau, MA, BSc, RN.
Poor knowledge can result in a missed or delayed diagnosis of septic shock or severe sepsis, as well as inappropriate or delayed patient management
Sepsis – a systemic inflammatory response to a new infection – is a hidden killer. Unchecked, organ failure, shock and death ensue.
Despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics and acute care, sepsis affects millions of patients worldwide each year
Early identification and treatment of sepsisSubscription
Sepsis is a medical emergency. Early identification and treatment are essential but many health staff are unable to recognise its signs and symptoms
Treatment for early-onset neonatal sepsisSubscription
Neonates with suspected early-onset sepsis are often treated aggressively with antibiotics before infection is confirmed. NICE has recommended a gentler approach
Gaps and improvement in management of sepsisSubscription
Sepsis causes many preventable deaths, but health professionals can help to reduce these by knowing how to identify the condition early
Early identification of sepsis is crucial to minimise mortality and morbidity. Revised definitions will help health professionals in all settings, but a clear, simple-to-use assessment tool is also needed
The country’s first dedicated emergency department-based sepsis team has been launched today at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.