In recent weeks, sepsis has been in the news numerous times due to the rising number of deaths from the infection. According to the BBC, sepsis causes one in five deaths around the world, which is around 11 million people per year, compared to 9.6 million deaths from cancer.
Sepsis is an uncomplicated condition and can be easily treated; however early recognition of the signs and symptoms of sepsis is the key to stopping preventable deaths.
We have developed our Sepsis gateway page to support you to become confident in recognising the early signs and symptoms of sepsis, when to escalate care and how to communicate concerns with other healthcare professionals.
The page includes a short introductory video and a quiz that you can use to identify any gaps in your knowledge.
The gateway page also has core and foundation learning that comprises of six case studies in the form of e-learning programmes. Each case study covers different pharmacy settings and patients presenting with various symptoms. The case studies give you the opportunity to use your clinical judgement to make recommendations for the best course of treatment for each patient.
Our Sepsis gateway page also signposts to numerous external resources, for example NICE guidance, the Surviving Sepsis campaign bundle and the UK Sepsis Trust clinical resources to supplement your learning.
To access the gateway page, visit: www.cppe.ac.uk/gateway/sepsis