Sepsis is a condition whose time has come. With six million deaths each year globally, with at least 44,000 of these being in the United Kingdom, and with developing a reliable and robust response to sepsis being one of the biggest healthcare challenges we face; we must continue to demand transformational change. If we wish to achieve transformational change, we cannot rely upon health professions alone – saving this many lives demands multi-stakeholder engagement.
Whilst we have improved our recording of the number of cases of sepsis and understand better its impact on the NHS and society, we still have to estimate figures based on the best available data. Conservative estimates would suggest that we see at least 250,000 cases of sepsis in the UK each year, with at least 44,000 deaths and a direct cost to the NHS of at least £1.5 billion. Sepsis costs our society as much as £15.6 billion every year. It is highly likely that these numbers are significant under-estimates, since a proportion of the more than 1.5 million patients suffering severe infection in England every year are likely to have uncoded sepsis. Whichever way we cut it, sepsis is huge.
Dr Ron Daniels B.E.M, FFICM, FRCA, FRCP(Ed) CEO – Global Sepsis Alliance CEO – UK Sepsis Trust said “We need to work hard to reduce the many thousands of available deaths from sepsis. In the context of the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance, however, we must do so responsibly. Antimicrobials must be preserved for the sickest patients, and used correctly- otherwise we risk the very real threat of being unable to treat our patients in the future. We have come a long way since I, and others around the world, started this fight a number of years ago. We understand sepsis better, we have designed effective clinical systems around it, we have secured commissioning for better care, and in some countries (including the UK) these steps have resulted in gradual reductions in mortality rates. But we have a long way to go. To achieve our dream of preventing any avoidable death from sepsis, we’ll need continued effort from governments, policy makers, professional bodies, the public, the media – and from you. I hope that this manual will mark the start, or begin a new and reinvigorated phase, of your fight against sepsis, because this involves every one of us.”
Melissa Mead, whose baby son William died of sepsis following a chest infection in December 2014, has been campaigning for greater awareness of the condition. She said “Whilst you have a lack of public awareness you are going to have people who are sitting at home, feeling poorly, and don’t even realise that sepsis is even a thing.So we need to be looking at this from all angles. It’s all very well having a world-class health system with surplus beds and surplus doctors, but if I’m sitting on my sofa at home feeling poorly and I don’t know what sepsis is, I’m not going to get that care.
“It’s making sure that every route is connected, that people have the information to make informed decisions about their onward care, and that when they access that care that they are listened to and their concerns are acted upon promptly.”
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