Assessing, treating and managing patients with sepsis
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Assessing, treating and managing patients with sepsis

Wayne Robson Nurse consultant critical care, Accident and emergency department, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire
Julian Newell Senior charge nurse, Accident and emergency department, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire

This article outlines the causes, signs and symptoms of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock, the implications and available treatments. The article also highlights a campaign to reduce the incidence of sepsis and reflects on efforts to reduce healthcare-associated infections.

Nursing Standard. 19, 50,56-64. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.08.19.50.56.c3942

Correspondence

wayne.robson@chesterfieldroyal.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review