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Sepsis resource collection

We have brought together a selection of our most popular articles on the topic of sepsis from across our journals to inform your practice.

Sepsis remains a significant cause of death – it is estimated that 44,000 people die from ‘the silent killer’ every year. RCNi has a wide range of resources available to help nurses improve diagnosis and early management of the condition.


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Nursing Standard subscribers have access to 10 free articles from our specialist journals every month so we have included peer-reviewed content on identifying and managing sepsis in the community, in older people and in children from Emergency Nurse, Nursing Children and Young People and Nursing Older People.

And don’t forget, by reading the article and writing a reflective account on what you have learned, you can include it in your professional portfolio for revalidation.

What you can do

Help raise awareness of sepsis by reading the content in this resource collection and sharing it on social media using the weblink rcni.com/sepsis-resources

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Katie Dutton

From death’s door to saving lives: The sepsis patient who became a nurse

Three years ago, Katie Dutton was close to death from sepsis. Not only did she survive, but her experience drove her to make a difference.

She completed an access to nursing course from her hospital bed and, in the first year of her nursing degree, designed and delivered successful sepsis training days for her peers.

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Podcast

Sue Morrish
Sue Morrish lost her son to sepsis
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Sepsis focus

This episode of the Nursing Standard podcast features the moving story of Sam Morrish, a three-year-old boy who died of sepsis after warning signs were missed. His mother, Sue, talks of the pain, confusion and errors of communication during his final 24 hours.

University of Northampton associate professor Sarah Neill discusses ways to promote sepsis awareness and reduce the tendency of parents to think their concerns will be dismissed.

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Drew McDonald
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Sepsis: how one ED has achieved a 70% rise in patients receiving life-saving treatment within the hour

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust has been lauded by NHS England for its use of an electronic alert system to identify, and provide faster access to treatment for, patients with sepsis.

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Sepsis care – getting it right every time

Sepsis is a time critical condition, which can be life threatening. World Sepsis Day on 13 September, provides us with an opportunity to consider the impact of sepsis throughout the world.

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Drew McDonald
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Emergency nurse wins award for work identifying children with sepsis

Drew McDonald was named the winner of the child health category of the 2017 RCNi Nurse Awards for his development of a clear and easy-to-use sepsis recognition tool for nursing staff to refer to during triage to identify sepsis in children.

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Peer-reviewed articles

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Overview of the incidence, early identification and management of sepsis

Consensus definitions of sepsis are imprecise and the incidence and costs of the condition are thought to be underestimated. This article emphasises the early identification and effective management of sepsis, which remain crucial to improving patient outcomes such as morbidity and mortality.

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Recognition and clinical management of sepsis in frail older people

This article provides an overview of the important role played by nurses in acute hospital settings in the early identification and treatment of suspected sepsis in frail older patients, and in escalating the care and management of deteriorating patients.

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Recognition and nursing management of sepsis in early infancy

Serious bacterial and viral infections occurring in early infancy are important factors affecting morbidity and mortality. Recognition of sepsis by healthcare professionals is vital and allows initiation of appropriate early treatment which can be life-saving and improve outcomes for these infants greatly. This article outlines the leading causes of sepsis.

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Recognition and nursing management of sepsis in early infancy

Neonatal sepsis describes serious bacterial or viral infections that manifest in the first 28 days of life, causing significant morbidity and mortality. This article discusses neonatal sepsis, including causative organisms, types of neonatal sepsis and why neonates are vulnerable to infection

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Improving management of sepsis in the community

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This article aims to inform nurses practising in the community about the General Practice Sepsis Decision Support Tool. The UK Sepsis Trust developed this tool to enable recognition and early treatment of patients with sepsis in the community setting, and to ensure a safe transfer to emergency departments and admission to a critical care unit.

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