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FREE Sepsis Awareness Training Course - CPDUK Accredited E-Learning - Online Sepsis Awareness Course.
The Sepsis Trust estimates that sepsis kills 52,000 people annually in the UK. However, it is important to note sepsis is treatable, lives can be saved and outcomes improved for sepsis survivors. A quarter of patients with sepsis in the UK wait longer than the recommended time for appropriate treatment, thus putting patients at higher risk of avoidable deaths.
Sepsis awareness campaigns and sepsis survivors support initiatives have been undertaken by Sepsis Trust, NHS England and other organisations. It is also essential to educate healthcare and social care professionals in both primary care and secondary services.
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, multiple organ failure, and even death if not treated quickly.
Medically, sepsis is the body’s immune system over-responding to an infection.
Sepsis deaths recorded in UK hospitals have risen by more than a third in two years, according to data collected by leading healthcare safety experts. Worryingly, for many people, sepsis is diagnosed early, resulting in serious complications and sometimes avoidable deaths.
Here are some key facts about sepsis:
Due to its devastating effects, sepsis has been dubbed the 'hidden killer'. Barely a week passes without news of people who have lost limbs, suffered multiple organ failure or even died from sepsis.
NHS England, The Sepsis Trust and other organisations have run various campaigns to improve sepsis awareness. Early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis is the key to improving survival rates and also better outcomes for sepsis survivors. Most importantly, it is essential to improve sepsis understanding amongst health and social care workers at all levels. There is no single definitive test or obvious symptom for sepsis, therefore an awareness of what to look out for is essential.
Signs and symptoms of sepsis can include:
Typically, there is a probable or confirmed infection and any of these symptoms before sepsis can be diagnosed. It is essential to urgently get medical help whenever sepsis is suspected.
If treatment is delayed, sepsis can lead to septic shock, causing abnormalities in cellular metabolism and very low blood pressure. This may result in death.
Early, aggressive treatment of sepsis improves the chances of survival. Some patients with sepsis or septic shock may require lifesaving measures to stabilise breathing and heart function.
People already in hospital or recently had surgery are particularly at risk of sepsis because of another illness. Young children and older adults are also at higher risk of sepsis. The three general approaches to preventing and reducing the risk of infections that lead to sepsis, include:
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