Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

From BBC - September 10, 2017

One in four NHS hospital trusts are failing to give antibiotics to half their patients with sepsis within the recommended time, new figures suggest.

Figures from 104 trusts seen by BBC Panorama show 78% of patients are being screened and 63% are getting antibiotics within one hour.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the NHS had "more to do" to stop "preventable" sepsis deaths occurring.

Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection.

Without prompt treatment, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

In 2015, concerned at the growing number of sepsis cases going undetected, the NHS told hospital trusts to examine how successful they were at identifying patients with the condition.

The figures seen by Panorama cover the 12 months to March 2017.

'I have never felt this ill before'

Alistair Jackson, a reporter for Panorama, decided to investigate sepsis after his mother, Margaret, died two years ago.

Margaret had originally been treated by her GP for a urinary tract infection.

She was admitted to Queen's Hospital in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, shortly afterwards with chest pains and a high temperature.

Alistair's father, John, remembers how quickly his wife deteriorated.

"She woke up in the morning and said 'I have never felt as ill as this before'.

"She quite clearly said to me at one point 'oh God is this the end?' and I said 'no do not be silly, of course not' and I think those were virtually the last words she ever uttered."

'Too late'

Lowest scoring NHS England trusts on screening for sepsis

Lowest scoring NHS England trusts on treating sepsis with antibiotics


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