For several years the Clinical Excellence Commission NSW have run campaigns around sepsis and the risk of failure to recognise and deliver early interventions. In 2016, the revised 2012 International Guidelines were published. Click here for PDF.
‘Sepsis is one of the leading causes of death in hospital patients worldwide. It is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs3. Sepsis can present in any patient, in any clinical setting and is a medical emergency. Despite this, awareness of sepsis and the need for prompt and targeted treatment is limited.’
Pressure injury and cellulitis were included as potential suspected causes of infection & sepsis in the Clinical Excellence Commission’s Clinical Focus Report (2012) ‘Recognition & Management of Sepsis’.
‘Systemic’ infection is a component of the wound infection continuum: Contamination, Colonisation, Local infection (covert), Local infection (overt) Spreading & Systemic. The risk of sepsis along with clinical signs and symptoms specific to each component of the continuum have been updated in the International Wound Infection Institute’s consensus document ‘Wound infection in clinical practice update’ (2016).
Are we up to date on signs & symptoms specific to sepsis?
Would we recognise early this escalation of systemic wound infection?
Recognise – Resuscitate – Refer
These simple steps can make the difference between life and death for those with a wound presenting with signs and symptoms of systemic infection….an important message to all.
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