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Sepsis

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection causes it to attack its own tissues and organs. Sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognised early and treated quickly. Use this guide to find information resources about recognising and caring for adults with presumed sepsis including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 06/06/2022

Key Resources

Evans L, Rhodes A, Alhazzani W et al. (2021) Executive summary: Surviving Sepsis Campaign: international guidelines for the management of sepsis and septic shock 2021, Critical Care Medicine, 49(11), pp. 1974–1982.
Evans L, Rhodes A, Alhazzani W et al. (2021) Surviving Sepsis Campaign: international guidelines for management of sepsis and septic shock 2021, Critical Care Medicine, 49(11), p. e1063.
NHS England (2017) Sepsis guidance implementation advice for adults, London: NHS England.
  • This document describes an operational definition of sepsis and supports the implementation of the NICE guidelines on the identification and treatment of sepsis.
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The UK Sepsis Trust: Clinical tools
  • Produced in collaboration with NICE, NHS England and other experts, these tools support excellent sepsis care.
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The UK Sepsis Trust (2019) The sepsis manual (5th edition), Birmingham: United Kingdom Sepsis Trust.
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2014) Care of the deteriorating patient: consensus recommendations 139, Edinburgh: SIGN.
Singer M, Deutschman CS, Seymour C, et al. (2016) The third international consensus definitions for sepsis and septic shock (sepsis-3), JAMA, 315 (8) pp.801-810.
  • Includes the Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score.
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European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM): Guidelines and consensus statements
We would like to thank the RCN Critical Care and In-flight nursing community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

 Baid H, Creed F and Hargreaves J (editors) (2016) Oxford handbook of critical care nursing (2nd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press. Baid H, Creed F and Hargreaves J (editors) (2016) Oxford handbook of critical care nursing (2nd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Clarke D and Malecki-Ketchell A (editors) (2016) Nursing the acutely ill adult: priorities in assessment and management (2nd edition), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Clarke D and Malecki-Ketchell A (editors) (2016) Nursing the acutely ill adult: priorities in assessment and management (2nd edition), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Mancini N (2015) Sepsis: diagnostic methods and protocols, New York: Humana. Mancini N (2015) Sepsis: diagnostic methods and protocols, New York: Humana.
Ortiz-Ruiz G and Dueñas-Castell C (editors) (2017) Sepsis, New York: Springer. Ortiz-Ruiz G and Dueñas-Castell C (editors) (2017) Sepsis, New York: Springer.
Parsons critical care secrets Parsons P and Wiener-Kronish J (eds.) (2018) Critical care secrets. 6th edn. Amsteram: Elsevier.
Peate I and Dutton H (2021) Acute nursing care: recognising and responding to medical emergencies. 2nd edn. Abingdon: Routledge. Peate I and Dutton H (2021) Acute nursing care: recognising and responding to medical emergencies. 2nd edn. Abingdon: Routledge.
Book cover Suh G J (ed.) (2018) Essentials of shock management: a scenario-based approach. Singapore: Springer.
Ward N and Levy M (editors) (2017) Sepsis: definitions, pathophysiology and the challenge of bedside management, Cham: Humana Press. Ward N and Levy M (editors) (2017) Sepsis: definitions, pathophysiology and the challenge of bedside management, Cham: Humana Press.
Wiersinga W J and Seymour C W (eds. ) (2018) Handbook of sepsis. Cham: Springer. Wiersinga W J and Seymour C W (eds. ) (2018) Handbook of sepsis. Cham: Springer.
Book cover Woodrow P (2018) Intensive care nursing: a framework for practice. 4th edn. London: Routledge.

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Journals

Journal cover Journals of interest for sepsis. Use these links to see details of availability.

Explore

The Sepsis Game
  • A game designed in collaboration with UK Sepsis Trust and NHS England for frontline clinical staff and support workers. It is an exciting, unusual and effective way to learn about sepsis. It can be played online.
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RCN Congress debate: Sepsis (22nd May 2019)
  • This meeting of Congress discusses how we can further reduce avoidable harm and death from sepsis. This item was originally a Matter for Debate and was changed to a resolution. The resolution was passed.
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Scott K (2019) Life beyond sepsis, RCN Bulletin,3 June.
  • Quadruple amputee Tom Ray talks about the impact sepsis had on him and how he developed resilience to overcome its devastating effects.
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NHS Choices: Sepsis

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