Some hospitals are missing the symptoms of sepsis, investigation finds –

Antibiotics are the main treatment for sepsis. When it is detected early, tablets can be taken at home, but in severe cases antibiotics are administered intravenously. 

New guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) last year said doctors should treat signs of possible sepsis as urgently as chest pains that could potentially be a heart attack. Doctors were instructed to pick up on any signs of sepsis at an early stage, which can include  fast breathing or a fast heartbeat, high or low temperature, chills and shivering, and in later stages dizziness, disorientation, mottled skin and vomiting.

Dr Ron Daniels, chief executive of the Sepsis Trust, said: “The scale of this problem is enormous, sepsis affects a quarter of a million people across the United Kingdom every year and it causes more deaths than breast cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer put together.”

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the programme: “I wouldn’t pretend that we get this right everywhere. We’re on a journey, we definitely need to do a lot better but I think we have made significant progress.

“There are preventable deaths happening but we’re bringing them down.”


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