Sepsis and children: what should the message be?
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Sepsis and children: what should the message be?

James Ashton Sepsis nurse specialist, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK Sepsis Practitioner Forum

In the absence of a nationally agreed paediatric early warning score, when should nurses screen for sepsis in children?

Sepsis is defined as a ‘life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection’. The trouble with sepsis is that anyone with an infection could potentially become septic. There is no single sign, and symptoms vary. In the care of children this is even more difficult.

Nursing Children and Young People. 32, 4, 12-12. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.32.4.12.s10

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