Category list : Sepsis
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“Terrifying” new figures showing a doubling of cases of sepsis in England over two years have sparked a new call for action to address nurse shortages.
An interdisciplinary approach to antimicrobial stewardship involving comprehensive blood culture identification (BCID) testing can slash broad spectrum antibiotic use, according to US researchers.
Nursing staff need better training in identifying sepsis, warn leading nurses, who are speaking out to coincide with a powerful patient presentation at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference.
A team of nurses has created a new online training course to help colleagues spot the signs of sepsis in children, in a bid to fill the “gap” in staff training needs.
Hospital nurses will be required to alert consultants if patients with suspected sepsis do not respond to treatment within an hour, under new rules being brought in to reduce deaths.
Delaying or withholding antibiotics for over 65s with symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) appears to be associated with higher risk of sepsis and death, according to UK researchers.
Sepsis-related deaths in the UK have fallen in the past three decades but continue to be above average for well-off countries, according to a new study.
The Care Quality Commission says it has taken urgent action to safeguard patients at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, after inspectors raised serious concerns about the monitoring of unborn babies and care for people at risk of sepsis.
A tool has been developed by UK researchers to help identify heart failure patients at high risk of sepsis, which they say could catch cases early and save thousands of lives every year.
On several occasions over recent weeks I have found myself explaining to people what sepsis is, its symptoms and why it’s something that needs tackling. These conversations have taken place both in the office and also among friends.
A nurse has received national recognition for helping to dramatically improve sepsis care across Weston Area Health NHS Trust.
Nurses and other healthcare staff at a South Yorkshire hospital missed opportunities to save a young woman’s life from sepsis, an investigation has found.
Staff shortages and hospital overcrowding have contributed to an apparent increase in sepsis death by more than a third in two years, according to a UK safety expert.
US researchers say they have found a clue in understanding how an infection can spiral into sepsis by blunting the body’s immune response.
A major campaign to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis in Scotland has been launched today.
Treating sepsis patients with steroids does not reduce mortality but does lead to quicker recovery in survivors and the need for fewer blood transfusions, according to a major international study.
A first year nursing student who nearly died from sepsis is determined to use her experience to educate others about the condition and has helped organise a ground-breaking training event.
Nurse researchers have begun a new study today into why the UK has more childhood deaths from treatable infections than comparable European countries, and why fatal delays in admission occur.
Nurses sing about sepsis to raise awareness at ChristmasVideoSubscription
A hospital choir of nurses and other health professionals are hoping to raise awareness of sepsis this Christmas with an innovative reworking of a popular carol.
A device that spots the early signs of sepsis in hospital patients is among a number of new NHS innovations chosen for national backing in order to save lives and improve treatment.
A new guide to improve awareness of sepsis among health visitors and school nurses has been launched by Public Health England, stressing nurses must be able to signpost parents to help if their child becomes unwell.
A new national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of sepsis has been announced by ministers in Scotland.
Nursing Times has launched a new learning resource for nurses to coincide with World Sepsis Day on 13 September 2017.
Thousands of community nurses, healthcare assistants in care homes and health visitors can expect training on how to look out for signs and symptoms of sepsis, as part of a renewed drive to improve treatment of the condition.
Nurses at one of the largest hospital trusts in England have highlighted how the experience of one of their patients sparked a new initiative to prevent sepsis, which will be featured in a television programme on the condition.
Pneumonia or sepsis in adults that results in hospital admission is associated with a six-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease in the first year, according to Swedish researchers.
An acute trust in Suffolk has introduced of a new dedicated specialist nurse role to provide its nursing staff with more support to identify patients who develop sepsis and acute kidney injury (AKI).
Giving immediate antibiotics when patients present with suspected sepsis reduces their risk of dying by a third. This summary of an NIHR-funded study includes an online self-assessment to test your understanding of the research
The extreme pressure on nursing and other NHS staff is making it harder for them to act quickly to prevent life-threatening sepsis, according to one survivor who lost all his limbs to the condition.
A team of “champions” is being enlisted across Morriston Hospital, as part of a new campaign highlighting sepsis that also includes mandatory training and an updated screening tool.
Sepsis care is improving in NHS accident and emergency departments but treatment needs to be faster, according to a new audit.
Critical care nurses in Kent say they are successfully using social media to share best practice and ideas, including when it comes to raising awareness of potentially deadly sepsis.
Overcrowded accident and emergency departments, symptomatic of the NHS, especially in winter, can lead to vital delays in patients receiving treatment for sepsis, warn US researchers.
More rapid hospital treatment of sepsis improves patient outcomes and gives support to mandatory protocols, suggests US research.
A series of nurse-led innovations to increase awareness of sepsis at an acute trust have seen the numbers of patients diagnosed and treated for it increase, while the mortality rate has decreased.
A pioneering and potentially life-saving project to give nurses and other staff the skills to spot the first signs of sepsis has now been rolled out across all wards at a Midlands hospital.
Nurses and other hospital staff should treat patients with life-threatening sepsis symptoms within one hour, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
The country’s first dedicated emergency department-based sepsis team has been launched today at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
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
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
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
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
Despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics and acute care, sepsis affects millions of patients worldwide each year
Sepsis – a systemic inflammatory response to a new infection – is a hidden killer. Unchecked, organ failure, shock and death ensue.
Poor knowledge can result in a missed or delayed diagnosis of septic shock or severe sepsis, as well as inappropriate or delayed patient management
Julie Nassau, MA, BSc, RN.
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).