13 September 2019 - This World Sepsis Day, Sensium are launching a new campaign to highlight the consequences and preventability of hospital-acquired sepsis.
In a new video, Dr Ron Daniels, CEO of the UK Sepsis Trust, highlights how hospital-acquired sepsis differs from community-acquired sepsis in terms of mortality, cost and preventability. Dr Daniels discusses the instances of hospital-acquired sepsis, stating that ‘‘It is estimated that 20-30% of episodes of sepsis are associated with healthcare episodes and as many of half of these might be hospital-acquired and many of these deaths can be prevented’’.
In a further video, Sylvester Lennon shares his experience of hospital-acquired sepsis. Sylvester Lennon was in hospital recovering from leukaemia when his condition deteriorated and he developed hospital-acquired sepsis. Medics were left with no choice but to place Sylvester in a drug-induced coma for three weeks and amputate his legs and four fingers on his left hand. Sylvester said of his experience “I had all the signs and was a high-risk patient. I can’t help but think what if I’d been given antibiotics quicker? If sepsis develops in hospital, it should be detected quickly and treatment delivered straight away to prevent serious outcomes. Anything that can help identify sepsis sooner needs to be done.”
More information on Hospital-acquired sepsis can be found at www.hospitalacquiredsepsis.co.uk