Effectiveness of the sepsis six bundle in the management of acute adult sepsis in the UK
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Effectiveness of the sepsis six bundle in the management of acute adult sepsis in the UK

Yo Lin Nurse and Recent Graduate with a master’s degree in advanced nursing science, School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the role of the sepsis six care bundle in managing patients with sepsis

  • To recognise the effectiveness of performing all six actions from the sepsis six care bundle within one hour of patient admission

  • To learn about potential barriers to clinician compliance with the sepsis six care bundle

There are up to 11 million sepsis-related deaths worldwide each year. Management of sepsis requires early recognition, appropriate antibiotic treatment and careful management of haemodynamic status. In 2006, the UK Sepsis Trust introduced the sepsis six care bundle to simplify the guidelines for managing sepsis and identify actions for management that were more accessible to junior clinicians.

This article reports findings from a literature review that explored the effectiveness of the sepsis six bundle in the management of adult sepsis patients in the UK and assessed the level of clinician compliance in UK clinical settings. The effectiveness of sepsis six was based on patient mortality during hospital stay, rate of intensive care unit admissions and length of hospital stay, all of which were found to have improved since the introduction of the tool.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2020.e2064

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

una616@gmail.com

Conflict of interest

None declared

Lin Y (2020) Effectiveness of the sepsis six bundle in the management of acute adult sepsis in the UK. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2020.e2064

Published online: 08 December 2020

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