What we need to do to reduce the number of sepsis cases in the UK

With 200,000 cases in the UK every year, compulsory training in sepsis is vital

Gillian Priday wants to see compulsory training in sepsis for all children’s nurses and other healthcare professionals wherever they work

Sepsis a global killer, and for the survivors, families and carers the recognition of having to face lifelong consequences is common.

Although work to combat sepsis takes place in acute care NHS trusts, there is no regional sepsis strategy or action plan in the UK. There is a desperate need for further work, providing considerable scope to improve survival and reduce long-term disability for patients, as well as an opportunity to reduce health and social care costs significantly.

Why it is so difficult to identify

Sepsis is identified as the body’s systemic inflammatory response to infection, which may cause multi-organ damage, shock and death (UK Sepsis Trust 2019). It can be extremely difficult to identify for professionals and the


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