Action needed to spot sepsis, say nurses calling for national early-warning system for children as nursing staff and sepsis survivor call for investment in sepsis training .
Health care staff and the public must be educated on the signs of sepsis to save tens of thousands of lives lost each year, nursing staff will say today.
Between 1,000 and 4,000 under-fives die of sepsis every year in the UK, according to the UK Sepsis Trust. Yet there is not currently a universal, nationally validated system to identify deterioration in child patients.
Dame Donna Kinnair, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said:
Sepsis in a child is so sudden. You can see a child who comes in looking like they have a common cold. You might send that child home. In a matter of an hour you see the child develop the symptoms of sepsis that are very clearly defined.
“By the time they have developed the stark symptoms of sepsis there’s no way you can come back from that. It’s really important that we get a way of ensuring that we diagnose
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