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Hospital staff urged to be more alert to ‘hidden killer’ sepsis

 

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Hospital staff urged to be more alert to ‘hidden killer’ sepsis

Hospital staff must alert senior doctors if patients with suspected sepsis do not respond to treatment within an hour.

Every trust must take action to spot and treat the killer blood condition, which costs 37,000 lives a year, under guidance that is being mandated by NHS England.

The guidance, drawn up with the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of GPs, NICE and the UK Sepsis Trust, states that staff should look for sepsis at an early stage in patients coming to A&Es and those who are already on wards.