Stopping sepsis

Sepsis is defined as a life-threatening organ dysfunction and is responsible for more than 44,000 deaths each year, many of which are preventable. 


The national driver for change was the 2014 National Patient Safety Alert (NPSA) which stated that clinical staff should have access to sepsis screening and treatment tools.


As an emergency and acute care provider, we, until recently, provided variable levels of care to patients with sepsis, leading to under and over triage.  With that in mind, our challenge was to establish evidence-based guidance that would allow our staff to consistently provide excellent and appropriate care to patients and the medical directorate confirmed sepsis as one of the five key clinical priority areas for development over the next five years.


Following the creation of a sepsis working group, a screening tool was developed and 95% of operational staff are trained to use the tool and are now actively using it.


We are currently in the process of developing a bespoke audit tool to measure success and we have already had feedback from some of the NHS partners about the effectiveness of the tool in early diagnosis, which is extremely positive.