Supporting World Sepsis Day - September 2015
NES was delighted to support World Sepsis Day on 13 September 2015 and to reinforce the message that infection prevention is essential to reducing mortality and harm from sepsis and improving outcomes for patients.
In the UK it is estimated that over 100,000 people are admitted to hospital with sepsis each year and over 30,000 of these are serious cases. Reducing sepsis mortality rate is one of the key priority areas for the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. We all have a role to play in reducing the instances of sepsis and NES have a range of educational resources to assist health and care staff.
Infection Prevention and Control
There are a range of educational programme such as Cleanliness Champions and Aseptic Technique and online modules such as Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers, Recognising Surgical Site Infections and Promoting Hand Hygiene in Healthcare.
National Early Warning Score (NEWS) calculator alerts clinicians to the deteriorating patient and acute illness and the sepsis screening tool provides prompt recognition and timely initiation of treatment of patients with sepsis.
Through simulated real-life scenarios this resource supports maternity care practitioners to spot the early warning signs of sepsis and take appropriate action.
Used as part of vocational training and recorded at Scottish Antimicrobial Pharmacists specialist training event May 2013, the resource covers the diagnosis of infection syndrome, diagnosis of sepsis and severe sepsis, septic shock, bacteraemia and criteria for antimicrobial therapy of severe infections and the sepsis six bundle.
Remember, infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and is essential to help prevent sepsis, so play your part and help strengthen our defences.
Author: Lesley Armstrong, Project Coordinator, NMAHP, NES.
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