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Sepsis: How good are hospitals at treating 'hidden killer'?

Patients' lives are being put at risk because of delays giving them treatment for sepsis, experts are warning. Hospitals are meant to put patients on an antibiotic drip within an hour when sepsis is suspected, but research by BBC News suggests a quarter of patients in England wait longer. However, NHS England said there were signs performance was improving and that hospitals were getting better at spotting those at risk sooner. 

Dr Ron Daniels, of the UK Sepsis Trust, said the "concerning" figures showed patients were being put at risk. In some hospitals, over half of patients face delays. Dr Daniels said the one-hour window was "essential to increase the chances of surviving". "There is no reason really why it should take longer," he added.

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Source: BBC News, 4 July 2019


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