Doctors Told To Treat Sepsis As An Emergency

From Heart:

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said medical professionals must do more to check for signs of sepsis in patients with infections, like they would rule out heart problems if someone was suffering from chest pains.

A life-threatening condition, 44,000 people die from sepsis annually – and there are delays in diagnosing more than a third of the 150,000 cases seen each year.

Sepsis, often called septicaemia or blood poisoning, occurs when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection.

Under new NICE guidelines, GPs are being advised to send any patients who might have sepsis to hospital in an ambulance so they can be seen by a senior doctor or nurse immediately to start treatment.

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