Sepsis – don’t be a sceptic with a potential septic
A call has just come through to a familiar address, in fact you and your colleagues have visited Jack numerous times over the last couple of months but this time something has changed, and you immediately start thinking of red flags …
As a paramedic you cannot accurately diagnose sepsis and any subsequent treatment/management you initiate is based on a high index of suspicion of this critical condition. Sepsis is responsible for around 150,000 hospital admissions in the UK per year with a very high mortality of around 30%. Each year around 44,000 people die as a result of sepsis in the UK alone. This article will help you manage a patient with potential sepsis showing you how to assess risk factors associated with the patient and your clinical findings supported by the NEWS2 scoring system.
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