Burton Hospitals raises awareness of World Sepsis Day

Burton Hospitals raises awareness of World Sepsis Day
13 September 2017

World Sepsis Day takes place on the 13th September 2017, and is a global event where activities such as bake sales and cycling events occur in order to raise money for the UK Sepsis Trust.

The UK Sepsis Trust is a charity which aims to raise awareness of the condition and offers support to those who have been affected by sepsis. The charity was founded in 2012 and since then has gone on to join forces with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to release new guidelines on sepsis and help improve the way the condition is handled across the NHS.

The most common symptoms of sepsis include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate and confusion. A bundle of medical therapies designed to reduce the mortality of patients with sepsis was created back in 2006. Known as the ‘Sepsis Six’, these steps have been designed as an effective method to help save patients’ lives and is now practised in over 30 countries.

Burton Hospitals have taken tremendous steps to improve screening patients for sepsis and carry out training and education across its hospitals.

Dr Magnus Harrison, Medical Director at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Sepsis is an incredibly serious, potentially life-threatening condition, so early diagnosis and treatment is crucial.

“We are absolutely committed to training and awareness on sepsis and we have made significant progress in the last few years, now seeing screening rates of nearly 100% for patients, resulting in timely diagnosis.

“We do recognise that this has not always been the case in the past and we needed to do better. We have worked closely with the UK Sepsis Trust to ensure that our plans for improvement were implemented across our hospitals according to national best practice and with the support of a specialist nursing team focused on quality improvement and sepsis.

“We also want to help our local communities recognise the signs of the infection, so they feel empowered to ask, "could it be sepsis?” if they have concerns, and we welcome any opportunity to raise national awareness on this topic."

Across Burton Hospitals social channels, such as Twitter and Facebook, there will be messages throughout the day about the ‘Sepsis Six’ to help educate the public about identifying the condition. Staff have also contributed to an awareness raising campaign internally.

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