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Georgina McNamara: We need more specialist nurses to drive improvement on sepsis

Despite some progress, the initial treatment for many patients diagnosed with sepsis is still too slow. Getting it right could save 14,000 lives a year, says Georgina McNamara from the UK Sepsis Trust

Despite some progress, the initial treatment for many patients diagnosed with sepsis is still too slow. Getting it right could save 14,000 lives a year, says Georgina McNamara from the UK Sepsis Trust

Sepsis continues to kill more people than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined. Current figures from the national coding system suggest that more than 250,000 people are affected every year in the UK, with around 44,000 deaths. Of those affected each year 10,000 are children.

We can’t be sure exactly how many deaths there are because causes of death are recorded using ‘definite’ and ‘probable’ sepsis codes. A registry that captures the actual

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