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Sepsis: how to read the signs and avoid wrong assumptions

Early detection of sepsis has improved but when missed and untreated it can kill or have life-changing effects, but there are tools and resources to help nurses

Early detection of sepsis has improved but when missed and untreated it can kill or have life-changing effects, but there are tools and resources to help nurses

  • Better understanding of sepsis could save an estimated 14,000 lives in the UK every year
  • Prompt recognition of the condition by ward nurses can improve survival chances for patients in hospital
  • Wrong assumptions can lead to sepsis not being identified – sometimes it helps to take a step back and reconsider

Every hour in the UK, five people die with sepsis. According to the

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