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David Oliver: Sepsis—what’s behind the “hype”?

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 07 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6327

Re: David Oliver: Sepsis—what’s behind the “hype”?

Many end of life patients die from sepsis often due to respiratory or urinary infection. It's a way people die. The important thing is that end of life patients are correctly identified and receive appropriate medication in accordance with previous consents and usual safeguards. Dying patients will often trigger sepsis pathways which may result in inappropriate hospital admissions unless staff are fully informed.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 November 2019
Simon Price
Retired GP
North Mundham