HCPs and public need better awareness of sepsis

The UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) announces findings from an APPG report on sepsis, highlighting that healthcare professionals and the public need better awareness of sepsis.

The UK Sepsis Trust (UKST) announces findings from an APPG report on sepsis, highlighting that healthcare professionals and the public need better awareness of sepsis. It also reveals that the overwhelming majority of Trusts and hospitals use clinical tools developed by UKST.

The report found that 80% of Trusts surveyed are using UKST’s recognition pathway, Red Flag Sepsis and that nearly 100% of Trusts are using UKST’s treatment pathway, the Sepsis Six, both of which tools support NHS implementation guidance.

The Freedom of Information report calls for commitment from all NHS organisations to adopt these tools, for better use of data interoperability to identify those most at risk and, lastly, for a far-reaching public awareness campaign, endorsed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to make more people aware of the condition, giving them a better chance of survival.

The report is published alongside the announcement by UKST of the recent endorsement of their screening and action tools by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), as well as a new formal collaboration between UKST and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM). As partners, UKST and RCEM will work together to improve data interoperability between hospitals in order to target care towards those who need it most urgently, also supported by Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and NHS Digital.

Dr Ron Daniels BEM, Chief Executive of the UKST comments: “This report shows that we’ve made great strides in the right direction when it comes to caring for those with sepsis, but it also shows that there is more to be done to improve sepsis care. Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Trusts are using our clinical tools, the problem of sepsis is more prevalent than ever. We must now urgently focus our attentions on further improving the identification and treatment of sepsis. Using interoperable data shared between hospitals and Trusts will enable healthcare professionals to identify more accurately those most at risk, and in most urgent need of care.”

Dr Aidan Fowler, NHS National Director for Patient Safety comments: “We welcome the progress that has been made while recognising that there is more to be done as we continue to work on deterioration including sepsis, and welcome the UK Sepsis Trust’s input to that important work.”

Nicola Bent, Director of the System Engagement Programme at NICE, comments: “UKST’s screening and action tools accurately reflect NICE’s evidence-based guidance on sepsis. We’re therefore pleased to endorse these resources to help patients with sepsis receive prompt and effective care.”