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Spotlight on Sepsis


Launch of the refreshed NHSScotland NEWS and sepsis screening app 

The NHSScotland NEWS & sepsis screening app has been updated to incorporate the qSOFA criteria calculator.  

The sepsis app – a collaboration between NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) Acute Adult provides:

  • A National Early Warning Scoring System (NEWS) calculator to alert clinicians to the deteriorating patient and acute illness
  • A qSOFA criteria calculator to identify adults with proven or suspected infection who are likely to have a prolonged ICU stay or die in hospital
  • An outline of the Sepsis 6 care bundle for the treatment of sepsis
  • An algorithm to help identify sepsis and organ dysfunction, septic shock and when to escalate care for the individual patient 

The app is free and is available for both Android and iOS devices.  

Further Information

Scottish Government public awareness campaign ‘Knowing the Signs’
NHS Education for Scotland Patient Safety and Clinical Skills 


The NEWS Calculator and Sepsis Screening Tool available within this app are derived from current evidence and best practice, however they are intended to be applied alongside sound clinical judgement.  As such, NES is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis or intervention made based on the calculator/screening tool within this app.

Use of this app within patient care settings should always be in accordance with local policies and guidance with regard to mobile device usage.

NES is not liable for the content of any external websites listed, nor does it endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advised on any of the websites. 

MHRA Regulation

NES confirms that the app is designed and manufactured to comply with the relevant Essential Requirements set out in the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC).