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Improving the management and care of people with sepsis

Fitzpatrick D, McKenna M, Rooney K, Beckett D & Pringle N (2014) Improving the management and care of people with sepsis. Emergency Nurse, 22 (1), pp. 18-24.

Many hospitals struggle to implement the full sepsis care bundle, but research suggests that many patients with sepsis are transported to hospital by ambulance. In 2011, the Scottish Ambulance Service introduced a pre-hospital sepsis screening tool (PSST) to expedite sepsis identification and care delivery. However, ambulance clinicians have reported varying degrees of interest and enthusiasm from hospital staff during handover. Therefore, an online survey was set up to investigate medical and nursing staff perceptions and experiences of the introduction of a PSST. This article discusses the results, which show that participants perceive the PSST reduces time to treatment, improves continuity of care, benefits patients and is accurately applied by ambulance clinicians, but which also highlight problems with communication. The delivery of in-hospital and pre-hospital sepsis care is challenging, but simple measures such as improving and standardising communication and alert systems between ambulance services and receiving hospitals could improve the clinical effects of a PSST. Copyright © 2013 RCN Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Sepsis; pre-hospital care; pre-alert; screening tool; infection control

Emergency Nurse: Volume 22, Issue 1

Author(s)Fitzpatrick, David; McKenna, Michael; Rooney, Kevin; Beckett, Dan; Pringle, Norma
Publication date02/04/2014
Date accepted by journal13/03/2014
PublisherRoyal College of Nursing
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