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More action on sepsis needed as NHS Ombudsman still seeing same failings a decade on

Published on 25 October 2023, the NHS Ombudsman published a new report, ‘Spotlight on sepsis: your stories, your rights, which highlights that the same serious failings are still happening, and that significant improvements are urgently needed to avoid more fatalities. Failings include delays in diagnosis and treatment, poor communication and record-keeping, and missed opportunities for follow-up care.

"The UK’s Health Ombudsman has warned that sepsis is still taking too many lives due to the same hospital failings we were seeing over ten years ago." ........."According to the UK Sepsis Trust, 48,000 people in the UK die of sepsis every year. This number can and should be reduced. It is often treatable if caught quickly."

Read the report in full here https://www.ombudsman.org.uk/news-and-blog/news/more-action-sepsis-needed-nhs-ombudsman-still-seeing-same-failings-decade

“I’ve heard some harrowing stories about sepsis through our investigations, and it frustrates and saddens me that the same mistakes we highlighted ten years ago are still occurring. It is clear that lessons are not being learned. “Complaints have the power to reveal the truth, bring closure and create lasting positive change. But complaints must be handled properly, and findings acted upon. Losing a life through sepsis should not be an inevitability. “The NHS needs to listen to patients and their families when they raise concerns. It needs to be sepsis-aware. We know early detection and treatment is crucial. It is time to make sure complaints count, and patients' voices are used to shape action on sepsis that is urgently needed.”

Ombudsman Rob Behrens        

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