A study of the treatment of sepsis in Welsh hospitals has found that this varies considerably between hospitals.
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition which requires swift recognition and treatment as it can develop very quickly. Because sepsis can be treated effectively with antibiotics if it is diagnosed quickly enough, improving treatment of patients with sepsis has the potential to make a real difference to outcomes.
The report has found that, of a sample of 290 patients with sepsis, only 12% were treated in line with best practice. It is important that hospitals look for ways to implement better responses to sepsis and it is to be hoped that studies such as this will focus attention on the improvements that can be made.
Sepsis can lead to shock and rapid organ failure following an infection. A snapshot of 290 hospital patients showing signs of sepsis found only 12% were initially screened and treated in line with best practice.