Sepsis team on journey to be the best

The Sepsis team at University Hospitals of North Midlands have been recognised for their on-going efforts towards detecting and preventing Sepsis in patients.

The team's work has been featured in the national media recently following a study by Professor Sir Brian Jarman into expected death rates from sepsis in the UK. According to the data, UHNM leads the way when it comes to Sepsis prevention, as between 2014 and 2017 39 per cent less deaths than expected were recorded. 

Whilst these figures are encouraging, and highlight the on-going work of the Sepsis team to protect patients from this deadly condition, the team are determined to keep progressing and achieve even greater results.

Emyr Phillips, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Sepsis, said: "Whilst we're very pleased with the statistics, we're under no illusions as to the work that still needs to take place to get us where we want to be. Tackling the issue of sepsis is something that UHNM has placed a huge importance on over the past few years and to see all that hard work come to fruition is fantastic. The key to the success so far has been the Trust-wide approach that we have adopted, with all departments across our hospitals now well versed in the dangers and risks of sepsis. It's also crucial to emphasise the work of our front-line clinical colleagues in actually putting the methods of detecting sepsis into practice.

"We know that being able to detect and treat sepsis early is crucial in providing positive outcomes for our patients. This is why we must continue to focus on educating and raising awareness of sepsis throughout our hospitals and I'm confident that even though we've got a long way to go on our journey, we will reach our ultimate goal of becoming as 'sepsis safe' as we can possibly be."

Sepsis is one of the most prevalent but misdiagnosed, deadly diseases and was established as a global priority by the World Health Organisation) WHO in May 2017. It adopted the resolution to improve, prevent, diagnose, and manage sepsis through a series of actions directed at developed and developing countries around the world.

If caught early, the infection can be controlled by antibiotics before the body goes into overdrive - ultimately leading to death within a matter of minutes. But the early symptoms of sepsis can be easily confused with more mild conditions, meaning it can be difficult to diagnose.​