Sepsis training at WSHFT

Wednesday July 8, 2015

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is running a series of on-the-spot training sessions for clinical staff to help them recognise the early signs of sepsis.

Using a hi-tech simulation dummy placed in A&E, staff are exposed to the recorded data from a real patient who was admitted with sepsis. Clinical Nurse Specialist Niki Anderton explains the benefits to staff and patients:

Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection.

In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation, swelling and blood clotting.

This can lead to a significant decrease in blood pressure, which can mean the blood supply to vital organs such as the brain, heart and kidneys is reduced.

If not treated quickly, sepsis can eventually lead to multiple organ failure and death.

Each year in the UK, it is estimated that more than 100,000 people are admitted to hospital with sepsis and around 37,000 people will die as a result of the condition.


Signs and symptoms of sepsis

Early symptoms of sepsis usually develop quickly and can include:

  • a high temperature (fever)
  • chills and shivering
  • a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing

In some cases, symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock (when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level) develop soon after. These can include:

  • feeling dizzy or faint
  • confusion or disorientation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin

Sepsis 6 BUFALO pathway

  • Bloods and cultures
  • Urine output
  • Fluids
  • Antibiotics
  • Lactate
  • Oxygen

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