It’s World Sepsis Day 2017! In support of this, I’ve pulled together a few resources that I have found helpful. Starting with a very general overview of sepsis, which I quite like (apart from ‘the bloodstream carrying death around the body’, which is a metonomical step too far for me)!
And so, to the resources:
- NHS Choices on Sepsis.
- Last night’s BBC Panorama: ‘Britain’s Sepsis Crisis’. I’ve not seen it yet, but I can guarantee it will be hard-hitting and every so slightly over-dramatic, in true Panorama style.
- World Sepsis Day homepage.
- UK Sepsis Trust.
- Sepsis Alliance.
- NICE Sepsis Guideline.
- NHSI / PHE CQUIN on Reducing Serious Infection (aka Sepsis) and AMR.
- As I said, this is more eclectic than comprehensive, so please feel free to contribute other Sepsis-related resources via comments.
Once again, Fingertips provides a useful resource, giving us a national picture of antibiotics reviewed within 72 hours from the CQUIN programme for 2016/17 (see Figure below). I believe more sepsis-related indicators will be forthcoming on Fingertips soon.
Figure: Percentage of antibiotic prescriptions with evidence of review within 72 hours; by quarter. Source: PHE Fingertips.
As you can see, the trend is improving. As with all areas of sepsis, I think we are making progress, but there is much more to do!