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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: 03/10/2017

Key Resources

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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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2017) Sepsis: quality standard QS161, 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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Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2014) Care of the deteriorating patient: consensus recommendations 139, Edinburgh: SIGN.
Rhodes A, Evans L, Alhazzani W et al. (2017) Surviving sepsis campaign: international guidelines for management of sepsis and septic shock: 2016, Critical Care Medicine, 45(3), pp.486-552.
Dellinger R, Phillip M, Schorr C et al. (2017) A users’ guide to the 2016 surviving sepsis guidelines, Critical Care Medicine, 45(3), pp.381–385.
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.
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.
Price A, Smith S and Challiner A (editors) (2016) Ward-based critical care: a guide for health professional (2nd edition), Keswick: M&K Publishing. Price A, Smith S and Challiner A (editors) (2016) Ward-based critical care: a guide for health professional (2nd edition), Keswick: M&K Publishing.
Tait D, James J, Williams C and Barton D (2016) Acute and critical care in adult nursing (2nd edition), London: Learning Matters Tait D, James J, Williams C and Barton D (2016) Acute and critical care in adult nursing (2nd edition), London: Learning Matters.

Journal articles

Use these links for details of journal articles on each topic.

Journals

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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NHS Choices: Sepsis