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SEPSIS: NEW NICE Quality Standard Published Today

NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - urges hospital staff to treat people with life-threatening sepsis within one hour, in its final quality standard.

The final standard, published on World Sepsis Day, draws out recommendations from the 2016 NICE guideline and gives advice on priority areas of care for people with sepsis.

The NICE guideline urges all professionals across the NHS to think 'could this be sepsis?' in all patients who have an infection. Professor Saul Faust from the University of Southampton who chaired the NICE guideline committee stressed that asking this question could ensure a diagnosis wasn’t missed. By treating people who show signs of sepsis with the same urgency given to those with suspected heart attacks, Prof Faust says clinicians could rule out sepsis or get people on treatment as soon as possible.

The New Quality Standard includes 5 statements covering the recognition, diagnosis and early management of sepsis for all populations. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

  • Quality statement 1: Assessment
  • Quality statement 2: Senior review and antibiotic treatment
  • Quality statement 3: Intravenous fluids
  • Quality statement 4: Escalation of care
  • Quality statement 5: Information for people at low risk of severe illness or death

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive at NICE Stated: "The NICE quality standard highlights priorities in the continued fight to improve sepsis care. We know from recent case reviews that there are inconsistencies in how people’s symptoms are assessed in different settings. More can be done to provide rapid treatment.”


Sepsis - what NICE says:

Sepsis: Guidance and Guidelines: NICE

Future events of interest:

Sepsis: Implementing the New National Quality Standard
Monday 22 January 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

13 September 2017


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