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Children and Young People: Sepsis

Sepsis can affect anyone at any time in life but it tends to strike the population at the extremes of age. As a result, children, particularly premature babies and infants can be more susceptible to developing sepsis. Early recognition and intervention clearly improves the outcome for children presenting with sepsis. Use this guide to find information resources about recognising and caring for a child with presumed sepsis including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 23/11/2018

Key Resources

Royal College of Nursing (2017) Standards for assessing, measuring and monitoring vital signs in infants, children and young people, London: RCN Royal College of Nursing (2017) Standards for assessing, measuring and monitoring vital signs in infants, children and young people, London: RCN
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2016) Sepsis: recognition, diagnosis and early management: NICE guidelines NG51, London: NICE.
  • NICE guidance is officially England only
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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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Department of Health and Health Education England: Spotting the sick child
  • An interactive tool to support health professionals in the assessment of the acutely sick child. You will need to register to use this site.
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2013) Fever in under 5s: assessment and initial management: NICE guidelines CG160, London: NICE.
  • NICE guidance is officially England only.
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2012) Meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal septicaemia in children and young people: NICE quality standard QS19, London: NICE.
  • NICE guidance is officially England only.
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We would like to thank the RCN CYP Acute member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Advanced Paediatric Life Support Group (2016) Advanced paediatric life support: a practical approach to emergencies, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. Advanced Paediatric Life Support Group (2016) Advanced paediatric life support: a practical approach to emergencies, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Graver B (2015) Septic shock: risk factors, management and prognosis, New York: Nova Science Publishers. Graver B (2015) Septic shock: risk factors, management and prognosis, New York: Nova Science Publishers.
Prowse A (2018) Three-and-a-half heartbeats, London: Head of Zeus in association with the UK Sepsis Trust. Prowse A (2018) Three-and-a-half heartbeats, London: Head of Zeus in association with the UK Sepsis Trust.
Daniels R and Nutbeam T (2010 ) ABC of sepsis, Wiley Blackwell/BMJ. Daniels R and Nutbeam T (2010 ) ABC of sepsis, Wiley Blackwell/BMJ.
Daniels R (2014) Survive sepsis: the official training programme of the UK Sepsis Trust, Sutton Coldfield: UK Sepsis Trust.
Johnston M and Knight J (2012) Septic shock: symptoms, management and risk factors, New York: Nova Science. Johnston M and Knight J (2012) Septic shock: symptoms, management and risk factors, New York: Nova Science.
Khardori N (2014) Sepsis: diagnosis, management and health outcomes, New York: Nova Biomedical. Khardori N (2014) Sepsis: diagnosis, management and health outcomes, New York: Nova Biomedical.
Mancini N (2015) Sepsis: diagnostic methods and protocols, New York: Humana. Mancini N (2015) Sepsis: diagnostic methods and protocols, New York: Humana.
Moye, M (2012) Winning the fight against sepsis: what every nurse should know, Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing. Moye, M (2012) Winning the fight against sepsis: what every nurse should know, Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing.
Sharland M (editor) Manual of childhood infections: the blue book (fourth edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press. Sharland M (editor) Manual of childhood infections: the blue book (fourth edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Shrader A (2014) Meningitis: symptoms, management and potential complications, New York: Nova Biomedical. Shrader A (2014) Meningitis: symptoms, management and potential complications, New York: Nova Biomedical.
Strobel S, Spitz L and Marks S (editors) (2016) Great Ormond Street handbook of paediatrics (2nd edtion), Boca Raton: CRC Press. Strobel S, Spitz L and Marks S (editors) (2016) Great Ormond Street handbook of paediatrics (2nd edtion), Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Journal articles

Journals

Journals of interest for children and young people sepsis. Use these links to see details of availability.

Page last updated - 23/11/2018