Identify sepsis in patients by using early warning scores, doctors are urged

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 24 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6237
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

General practitioners and hospital doctors should all use an early warning score system when they suspect that a patient may have sepsis to help improve the recognition of cases, a report recommends.1

Nearly half (45%) of patients with sepsis admitted to hospital with no other obvious problem either died or were left with a disability, an audit of cases in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland has found.

A third (34%; 184) of the 544 hospitals reviewed had no formal sepsis protocol to identify and manage patients with sepsis, and this needs to be rectified, said a report into sepsis …

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