The Daily Mail has reported in an exclusive article on 28 August 2019 that sepsis deaths in 28 NHS trusts are higher than predicted. You can read the full article here:
The figures for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS trust is at 20.3%, and other Trust’s in the region also have been reported to have higher than predicted death rates. Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust figure is at 18% higher than the predicted rate and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is at 22.8%. The figures are based on the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator.
The UK Sepsis Trust reports that 52,000 people in the UK die every year from sepsis, and they aim to raise awareness of the symptoms of sepsis. They indicate that the signs of sepsis are: –
Slurred speech or confusion
It feels like you are dying
Skin mottled or discoloured
Sepsis can be treatable with antibiotics, fluids and other treatment. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine recommend the implementation of a Sepsis Six Bundle which is designed to use at hospital to identify suspected cases of sepsis so that appropriate treatment is provided within the first hour of presentation. They report that in cases of septic shock, which is the worst type of sepsis, one study has shown that every hour of delayed antibiotic treatment increases the chance of death by 8%.
All trusts who have been reported to have higher than predicted deaths will need to carefully consider the figures and what they can do to reduce the deaths associated with sepsis.
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