GWH lifesaving campaign highlights a killer
1:30pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Latest News
STAFF at the Great Western Hospital celebrated World Sepsis Day with the launch of a lifesaving campaign – The Sepsis Six.
Dozens of staff attended the event on Friday to mark the national day, which aims to raise awareness of sepsis.
Despite claiming more lives than breast and bowel cancer combined, awareness of this life threatening condition, which claims more than 37,000 lives a year in the UK, is low.
Sepsis is the body’s reaction to an infection where it attacks its own organs and tissues. It can start from any minor infection, such as a chest or urine infection or an infected bite or wound and is difficult to diagnose. The sooner treatment begins, the better the outcome and if not treated within six hours it can be fatal.
The Trust’s Sepsis Working Group, made up of nurses, doctors and pharmacists, have introduced the internationally recognised Sepsis Six to staff across the trust. Sepsis Six is a package of critical interventions performed within the first hour of severe sepsis being diagnosed. These simple interventions, including antibiotics and intravenous fluids, can increase the patient’s chance of survival by up to 30 per cent.
Amanda Pegden, consultant physician at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is leading the campaign.
She said: “In just three months, from October to December last year, 20 per cent of patients in the Intensive Care Unit had severe sepsis – 42 out of 213 patients,” she said.
To learn more about sepsis visit the UK Sepsis Trust http://sepsistrust.org/
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