Early diagnosis and effective management of sepsis

Early diagnosis and effective management of sepsis

Clare Hird , Sepsis Specialist Nurse, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England

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  • To enhance your understanding of the physiological development of sepsis

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Sepsis is a complex condition defined as one or more life-threatening organ dysfunctions caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. Nurses have a vital role in the early identification of those with or at risk of developing sepsis. Prompt early treatment delivered using care bundles such as the ‘sepsis six’ can optimise patients’ chances of survival and reduce the debilitating effects of this condition.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11507

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Conflict of interest

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Hird C (2020) Early diagnosis and effective management of sepsis. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11507

Accepted 30 March 2020

Published online: 14 September 2020

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