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Urosepsis: what to look for when treating a patient with a UTI

With one in four sepsis cases linked to urinary tract infection, awareness of symptoms is vital

With one in four sepsis cases linked to urinary tract infection, awareness of symptoms is vital

  • The UK Sepsis Trust’s Sepsis Six tool enables nurses to escalate UTI cases where they have concerns about deterioration
  • Most people with UTIs will be at home, so community nurses have an important role in identifying and preventing urosepsis cases
  • Educating healthcare assistants, patients and their families about symptoms is also crucial to prevent UTI cases escalating to urosepsis

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common and, although often uncomfortable and distressing, usually easy to treat.

However UTIs, caused by the presence and multiplication of microorganisms in the urinary tract, also have the potential

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