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North Cumbria's specialist nurses raising awareness of sepsis

Posted on Tuesday 8th November 2016
North Cumbria's specialist nurses raising awareness of sepsis

A team of specialist nurses at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have been working to raise awareness of Sepsis.

The Critical Care Outreach team set up a stand in the hospital’s coffee shop area to provide information about the life-threatening condition to over 500 members of staff, patients and visitors. The team, who were kindly assisted by a second year student from the University of Cumbria, gave away information leaflets and goodies and visited the wards. 

Sepsis (also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia), arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Every year there are 150,000 cases of Sepsis, resulting in 44,000 deaths which is more than deaths from bowel, prostate and breast cancer combined. Despite these statistics, awareness of the condition is still relatively low therefore healthcare regular NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) issued new guidelines last month around the importance of providing rapid treatment to Sepsis patients.

Diagnosing Sepsis is one of the many vital roles the Critical Care Outreach Team plays. The team consists of eight specialist nurses who provide advanced care to acutely unwell patients in every adult area of the hospital including the A&E department. The team identify the most appropriate care pathway for patients and furthermore, they provide vital education and training to help both nurses and doctors spot deteriorating patients. There is also a Critical Care Outreach Team at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Nichola Mitchinson, Critical Care Outreach sister at West Cumberland Hospital, said: “We know that early intervention and treatment for conditions such as Sepsis can have a hugely positive impact on a patient’s outcome and recovery. As a team, we provide education and training to our colleagues to ensure they are familiar with the ‘Sepsis Six’ bundle of treatment.

“We know Sepsis has featured more in the news recently but we really want to ensure we are doing all we can to raise awareness of this condition locally.”