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World Sepsis Day: raising awareness of how to spot and treat sepsis quickly

12 Sep 2014

Today is World Sepsis Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the condition.  To mark this, Clare Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said:

“Unrecognised minor infections can turn into sepsis and the consequences can be life-threatening. As surgeons we take precautions to minimise infections after surgery but constant vigilance and suspicion are vital if we are to spot the signs of sepsis early and start treatment quickly.

“It is unacceptable that thousands of people die every year from sepsis either because the signs are unrecognised or the treatment delayed.  We welcome the recent patient safety alert NHS England has issued to healthcare staff raising awareness of sepsis and guidance about clinical management when it is suspected.”

More information about NHS England’s patient safety alert on sepsis is available here.


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