Following the success of World Sepsis Day in September, NHS Tayside’s Sepsis Awareness Week will take place from 28 October to 1 November.
Awareness stands will be in Ninewells and Perth Royal Infirmary offering a range of updated sepsis resources for staff, patients and members of the public. Resource packs will also be mailed to all relevant clinical areas for local use and awareness in advance of Sepsis Awareness Week.
Here’s where you can find the team during the awareness week:
- Monday, 28 October – concourse, Ninewells Hospital
- Tuesday, 29 October – level 5 dining room, Ninewells Hospital
- Wednesday, 30 October – concourse, Ninewells Hospital
- Thursday, 31 October – level 5 dining room, Ninewells Hospital and dining room, Perth Royal Infirmary
- Friday, 1 November – concourse, Ninewells and dining room, Perth Royal Infirmary
If you would like more information, please contact the Patient Safety Team at email@example.com
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 the hour significantly improves outcomes for patients.
How do we treat Sepsis?
Patients with a National Early Warning Score (NEWS) of ≥5 and a suspected or 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.