NHS Tayside supports World Sepsis Day

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The patient safety team is hosting an information stand at Ninewells on Friday 13 September to raise awareness of sepsis during World Sepsis Day.

World Sepsis Day is an internationally recognised event that is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against sepsis.

Pop along to the information stand on the main concourse between 10am and 3pm on Friday 13 September where the team will be sharing information about sepsis, answering questions and providing resources for staff and the public.

NHS Tayside will also be holding a local Sepsis Awareness Week from 28 October to 1 November.  Further information about this will be shared in the coming weeks.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multiple organ failure and death, especially if not recognised early and treated promptly.

The diagnosis of sepsis is a medical emergency.  It is crucially important that the early signs are recognised and treated.  Prompt recognition and treatment within an hour significantly improves outcomes for patients.

How do we treat Sepsis?

Patients with a National Early Warning Score (NEWS) of >5 and a suspected/confirmed infection

With the Sepsis Six – within an hour:

B – take blood cultures
U – monitor urine output
F – start IV fluid resuscitation
A – give IV antibiotics
L – check lactate
O – given oxygen to target saturation

Review for signs of organ dysfunction and refer to consultant and critical care if required.

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