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Nurses working in the community urged to look out for signs of sepsis

New NICE guidance urges professionals working across all healthcare settings, including primary and community care, to treat people with life-threatening sepsis in one hour.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) draft guidance urges professionals working across all healthcare settings, including primary and community care, to treat people with life-threatening sepsis in one hour.

The guidance stresses that patients should be assessed carefully and when they are classed as high risk, they should be reviewed and treated immediately.

The new draft guidance draws out recommendations from NICE’s 2016 guidance. It states that health professionals in any setting should check people with suspected sepsis for specific signs that determine whether their symptoms are life-threatening. This includes recording vital signs such as temperature and heart rate, as well as checking for rashes and skin discolouration.

250,000

Number of people affected by sepsis every year in the UK

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