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NHS hospitals could be fined if they miss new sepsis targets

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 12 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1124
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

NHS hospitals in England could face fines if they fail to adhere to new guidelines1 for detecting and treating adult sepsis.

The mandatory guidance requires hospital staff to alert senior doctors if patients with suspected sepsis do not respond to treatment within an hour. All NHS trusts in England will be contractually obliged to comply with the new guidance from 1 April.

The advice—drawn up by the NHS with the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and the UK Sepsis Trust—follows a commitment …

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