Aiding the fight against sepsis

Published: 12 September 2013

World Sepsis DayThe RCN is supporting World Sepsis Day on 13 September, and has contributed to a UK-wide coalition statement on sepsis which will be launched in the House of Commons this month.

“There are an estimated 37,000 sepsis-related deaths a year in the UK,” says RCN Critical Care Forum member Chris Hancock. “The RCN is supporting this year’s World Sepsis Day and we are encouraging nursing staff to learn more to help reduce the harm caused by sepsis.”

Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune response to infection becomes uncontrolled, leading to shock, organ failure and frequently death. In the developing world, it accounts for 60 to 80 per cent of lost lives in childhood but the condition also presents huge challenges closer to home.

The RCN has been working with other stakeholders to raise awareness of sepsis in all care settings, especially the community, so that signs and symptoms can be recognised and acted upon quickly.

Find out the facts about sepsis and how to prevent it.