NHS England |The Atlas of Shared Learning | September 2018 |Improvement in early detection and prompt treatment of sepsis across Weston Area Health NHS Trust
A case study on the improvement in early detection and prompt treatment of sepsis across Weston Area Health NHS Trust has been published on the atlas of shared learning. The Lead Nurse at the Trust identified unwarranted variation in detection of sepsis in the early stages and the prompt treatment of Weston Area Health Trust.
The Trust identified a way to strengthen the sepsis care pathway to not only save lives but to sustain improvements by using quality improvement methodology and integrating clinical governance.
Forty percent of cases relating to sepsis are severe and 50% of cases are related to septic shock (NICE, 2014). Sepsis is the biggest cause of maternal death in the UK (World Health Organisation, 2016) and costs the National Health Service (NHS) over an estimated £2.5 billion per year (Health Care Ombudsman, 2014). Successful management of sepsis requires prompt recognition, appropriate interventions to identify and control the micro-organisms and restore oxygen delivery to tissues, and appropriate escalation and decisive medical management within the first hour of red flag sepsis.