Raising awareness about sepsis
27 September 2018
It was World Sepsis Day earlier this month (13 September), an initiative of the Global Sepsis Alliance, and wards and departments across the Trust all joined in raising awareness about the causes and symptoms of this very serious and potentially deadly condition.
Sherri Bradshaw, Lead Sepsis Nurse, visited wards to speak to
staff and raise awareness of sepsis, promoting good patient care
and clinical practice. Nurses, doctors, rehab staff and domestics
were all keen to play their part.
Sherri said: "What made the day a real success was how we
engaged the staff when speaking to them and their willingness to
promote sepsis within their units. I was there to answer any
questions they had regarding our sepsis screening and treatment
processes here at Southend.
"It is important that we are all more aware about sepsis and how
serious it can be. I would definitely advise people to make
sure they know the signs and symptoms of sepsis and seek help if
they are concerned about patients, themselves or a relative's
illness. There are reliable sources for information on this for
staff, such as the e-learning training package that can be found on
the intranet, and the NHS and UK Sepsis Trust websites for
"The higher the suspicion the quicker people can act if they
suspect they, or someone they know, may be suffering from sepsis -
it could be life-saving."