World Sepsis day – 13 September 2014
The George Eliot Critical Care team have held a Sepsis breakfast (Wednesday) to promote World Sepsis Day which takes place this Saturday (13 September)
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis or septicemia (bloody poisoning) is a common and potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection.
In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation, swelling and blood clotting. This can lead to a significant decrease in blood pressure, which can mean the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys is reduced.
If not treated quickly, sepsis can eventually lead to multiple organ failure and death.
Each year in the UK, it is estimated that more than 100,000 people are admitted to hospital with sepsis and around 37,000 people will die as a result of the condition.
World Sepsis Day
The “Sepsis – a call to action” event covered subjects such as the scale of the issue, raising awareness of sepsis and what can be achieved when the disease is recognised quickly.
Sepsis Nurse Specialist, Barry O’Keefe said: “To mark World Sepsis day we wanted to raise awareness to our colleagues and bring to their attention how they can help tackle the disease by recognizing the early symptoms.
“We as a Trust can help by putting together events like this and raising the profile of World Sepsis Day and more importantly the disease itself.”
In the last 12 months the George Eliot has made significant improvements in management of serious conditions such as sepsis. This includes:
· A checklist for the most crucial information, which ensures care is given within the first crucial hour
· Specialist nurse in place to provide support and training
· Regularly measures and reporting on delivery
· Training to all staff
Gordon Wood, Medical Director said: “We have seen a significant decrease in patient deaths from sepsis as a result of the whole team’s actions to provide the care at the right time over the seven day period.
“This event helps us to celebrate this success whilst planning our continued improvement.”
For more information please go to http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Blood-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx