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Sepsis Nurse Specialists appointed to North Cumbria's hospitals

Posted on Monday 13th March 2017

Two Sepsis Nurse Specialists have been appointed at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust. 

Donna Lewthwaite and Emily Ashbridge will focus on the screening and treatment of Sepsis patients as well as providing education and training to staff. Donna and Emily are both senior nurses already employed by the Trust and will work across both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Sepsis (also referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia), arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It is a particular risk for people already in hospital because of another serious illness.

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.

Commenting on her new role, Donna said: “I am very much looking forward to taking on my new role. We know that early identification of the signs and symptoms of Sepsis can have a hugely positive impact on a patient’s outcome and recovery.”

Emily added: “As well as patient care, we will also be providing education and training to our colleagues in order to ensure that they are familiar with the ‘Sepsis Six’ bundle of treatment.”

Maurya Cushlow, executive director of nursing & midwifery at the Trust said: “We are very pleased to have appointed Donna and Emily into their new roles. They will provide a vital role to our patients as well as providing advice and support to our clinical teams.”