Staff training 6 for Sepsis as part of 60-day campaign

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Staff at Southmead Hospital are giving their colleagues training to help them spot and respond to the signs of sepsis.

A dedicated campaign has been launched to train 600 members of clinical staff over the course of 60 days.

Taking their lead from colleagues at Bath’s Royal United Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust clinicians will train groups of six people in the signs of sepsis and what measures should be taken to treat them. These six people will then be encouraged to train another six people, who in turn will also train six people each.

Staff at North Bristol NHS Trust are training six colleagues in the signs of sepsis as part of a 60-day campaign

The 6 for Sepsis campaign will see clinical staff, including healthcare assistants, registered nurses, junior doctors and consultants, receiving training based on the latest NICE guidelines as part of North Bristol NHS Trust’s commitment to patient safety.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognised early and treated promptly.  There are 150,000 cases of sepsis in the UK every year with 44,000 lives are lost as a result of the condition.

The Emergency Department and Acute Medical Unit at Southmead Hospital, have achieved sepsis screening for all appropriate patients within an hour of arriving to their units but sometimes patients deteriorate once they have been subsequently admitted to hospital wards and the campaign is focusing on improving awareness of sepsis among all members of clinical staff.

As part of the 6 for Sepsis campaign staff are being encouraged to take 6 for Sepsis selfies with the people they have trained to show their commitment to helping save lives.

Associate Medical Director for Safe Care, Dr Seema Srivastava, said: “The consequences of sepsis are incredibly serious so we want to ensure all our clinical staff are up to speed on the signs of the life-threatening condition and know what to do to treat it.

We think 6 for Sepsis is a great way of getting all our staff involved in improving safety for our patients and reducing the risks of deteriorating from sepsis.”

North Bristol NHS Trust is one of several in the area taking part in the campaign to train 600 members of staff in 60 days.

For more information about sepsis visit the Sepsis Trust website.