Clinical update

Sepsis

Each year in the UK there are an estimated 150,000 cases of sepsis, and 44,000 people die as a result of the condition (UK Sepsis Trust).

Essential facts

Each year in the UK there are an estimated 150,000 cases of sepsis, and 44,000 people die as a result of the condition (UK Sepsis Trust). Sepsis is triggered by an infection that causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues. If not treated quickly, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

NHS England has produced an action plan to reduce cases of sepsis and improve awareness of the condition among health professionals and the public. The plan follows a recent report by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), which highlighted that only one third of patients with sepsis receive good quality care. The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that 10,000 deaths could be avoided each year through prevention or early accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. NHS England’s plan aims to reduce cases of preventable

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