Sepsis can develop rapidly and lead to serious illness and death. If the diagnosis is missed and treatment isn’t given swiftly, the consequences can be dramatic. About 48,000 patients lose their lives to sepsis in the UK every year. It is a national priority. The diagnostic and treatment guidance is fluid and responsive to changing best practice. This can cause issues with implementation of guidance and ensuring patients receive appropriate treatment.
This Advancing Quality (AQ) report provides a summary of the progress that has been made in the North West of England over the last decade in the timely diagnosis and treatment of people with sepsis as well as improvement in outcomes. The report is also intended to outline the variation and shortfalls that still exist for patients with sepsis.