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Sepsis should be treated within one hour, says NICE

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 10 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1257
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

People with life threatening symptoms of sepsis should be reviewed and treated within an hour, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended.

In its draft quality standard NICE said that GPs, paramedics, and emergency department staff should check people with suspected sepsis for specific signs that indicate they are at high risk of severe illness or death. These signs include mottled or ashen appearance; cyanosis of the skin, lips, or tongue; non-blanching rash of the skin; …

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