More than seven out of ten people with sepsis develop the condition outside of hospital (Esteban, 2007); any strategy to identify sepsis cases early should consider the delivery of timely care in the community. Pennine Acute Trust Community Services have developed a mechanism for early identification of sepsis in the community setting.
After attending a national district nurses meeting in May 2017, at which a presentation was delivered about the importance of pre-hospital identification of sepsis, the Divisional Director of Nursing identified the need for quality improvement work to support the early diagnosis of people with sepsis in the community. During this programme of improvement, North Manchester Community Services transferred out of Pennine Acute Trust into the newly formed Manchester Foundation Trust. The improvement working group made the decision to continue the transformation work on the sepsis improvement programme and to work collaboratively until completion.
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