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Hospitals are failing 25% of patients with sepsis

An epidemic which continues to raise concerns Dubbed the ‘silent killer’, sepsis (septicaemia) can be a totally devastating condition, but can also be easily treated if identified promptly. It was therefore very sad to read this morning that an article by the BBC has warned that hospitals are failing to...

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Hospital deaths attributed to sepsis increase by a third in two years

How prevalent is sepsis? On 10 July 2018 we published a blog which considered the recent sepsis storyline in Coronation Street. We considered in that blog the increasing role that soap operas played in imparting public health information and also set out the early symptoms of sepsis. In the Coronation...

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Sepsis on the Street – Corry gets serious

The trend for popular soap operas to run storylines with a theme drawing attention to a serious social or medical issue is growing. From Stacey’s postpartum psychosis in East Enders to Dee Dee being affected by encephalitis in Hollyoaks, writers are challenging perceptions and raising the profile of conditions that...

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Could basic routine checks help to diagnose sepsis in children?

Sepsis can be a killer disease which often goes unrecognised until it is too late but the early signs can be hard to spot. See our earlier blog for World Sepsis Day 2016. Children often present to GPs with signs of fever and it can be difficult to identify which...

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Let down by the medical profession, let down by the investigation

We reported on the outcome of the investigations into the tragic death of Devon toddler Sam Morrish from sepsis in 2010. In her first report published two years ago, the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman criticised the failings in care provided by The Cricketfield GP Surgery, NHS Direct, Devon Doctors...

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Be alive to sepsis to prevent deaths

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued guidance urging doctors and nurses to be more alive to the possibility of patients having sepsis, in an attempt to avoid up to 13,000 preventable deaths each year. The guidance comes after increasing numbers of cases being reported where...

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Cornish baby death from treatable sepsis

An Inquest in Truro has heard evidence that the life of a newborn baby who died from sepsis could have been saved had he been given appropriate treatment. Dr James Gray, an expert Microbiologist, told the Coroner’s Court that: “If Charlie had been in hospital at a time when, or...

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Meningitis – the effect of deadly sepsis

The Guardian reported last week the tragic death of 18 year old Ellie Penrose, a Team GB triathlete who died of meningitis in August 2015. The Inquest into her death heard how she was “inappropriately discharged” following an attendance at A&E at Hull Royal infirmary in August last year. She...

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Surviving Sepsis

NHS England has released their report into the tragic death of 12 month old William Mead from Sepsis in 2014. His story has similarities to those of Sam Morrish in 2010 and Chloe Welch in 2012 who sadly died following the symptoms of Sepsis being missed. The report has illustrated...

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Sepsis death avoidable

The tragic death of toddler William Meads as a result of sepsis in December 2014 was avoidable according to a root cause analysis report prepared by NHS England published today. Sepsis, septicaemia or blood poisoning as it is variously known, is widely believed to be the second most common cause...

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