Early recognition of sepsis by ward nurses has been shown to improve survival for patients in hospital (Torsvik et al, 2016).
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) wanted to improve recognition of sepsis across the organisation, ensuring that early recognition and treatment promoted optimal outcomes and experience for patients.
MCHFT is an acute hospital trust with three sites across Cheshire: Leighton Hospital, Victoria Infirmary, and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre. The Trust serves a population of approximately 300,000 and has an estimated 700 patients presenting at hospital with suspected sepsis each year.
As part of the trust’s response to improving outcomes for people with sepsis MCHFT identified the need for a co-ordinated and standardised approach to improving the early recognition of sepsis across all clinical areas.
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