Sepsis is claiming too many lives as hospitals are making the same mistakes as a decade ago, ombudsman warns

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  • Delays successful test and curen are among nan failures successful nan caller report

By Shaun Wooller Health Editor

Published: 19:39 EDT, 24 October 2023 | Updated: 01:35 EDT, 25 October 2023

Sepsis is still claiming excessively galore lives arsenic hospitals are making nan aforesaid mistakes arsenic a decade ago, nan wellness ombudsman has warned.

Rob Behrens said location had been immoderate advancement connected test and curen since his agency published its landmark Time to Act study successful 2013.

But his investigations person revealed immoderate lessons person still not been learnt and repeated mistakes are costing lives.

Delays successful test and treatment, mediocre connection and record-keeping, and missed opportunities for follow-up attraction are among nan failures found.

A caller study by nan ombudsman – Spotlight connected Sepsis: Your Stories, Your Rights – concludes 'significant improvements are urgently needed to debar much fatalities'. 

Delays successful test and treatment, mediocre connection and record-keeping, and missed opportunities for follow-up attraction are among nan failures found

It says location are galore tragic cases wherever patients person died but nan result could person been different if they, aliases their families, had been listened to.

According to nan UK Sepsis Trust, astir 48,000 deaths are attributed to sepsis each year.

Sepsis, known arsenic nan 'silent killer', strikes erstwhile an infection specified arsenic humor poisoning sparks a convulsive immune consequence successful which nan assemblage attacks its ain organs. 

If caught early, nan infection tin beryllium controlled by antibiotics earlier nan assemblage goes into overdrive. 

But early symptoms tin beryllium easy confused pinch much mild conditions, meaning it is difficult to diagnose.

And a diligent tin quickly deteriorate, truthful speedy test and curen is vital.

The Mail's End nan Sepsis Scandal run helped to raise consciousness of symptoms, successful an effort to trim nan number of missed cases. 

It led to nan publication of NHS value standards for sepsis, but nan caller study reveals location is still immoderate measurement to go.

Sepsis, known arsenic nan 'silent killer', strikes erstwhile an infection specified arsenic humor poisoning sparks a convulsive immune consequence successful which nan assemblage attacks its ain organs

Mr Behrens said: 'It frustrates and saddens maine that nan aforesaid mistakes we highlighted 10 years agone are still occurring.

'The NHS needs to perceive to patients and their families erstwhile they raise concerns. It needs to beryllium sepsis-aware.'

Melissa Mead, whose one-year-old boy William died from sepsis successful 2014 aft concerns were dismissed by doctors, peer-reviewed nan report.

She said: 'I deliberation this report, 9 years connected from William's death, really lays bare nan incidences of sepsis cases.

'Too galore lives are being mislaid successful preventable circumstances.'

The Health Secretary has pledged to present 'Martha's rule' to springiness patients nan correct to a 2nd opinion.

Steve Barclay made his promise aft gathering Merope Mills, whose girl Martha, 13, developed sepsis and died aft doctors grounded to admit her to intensive care.


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