Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition that is triggered by an infection. Sepsis is an urgent public health issue globally, and is one of the leading causes of death in emergency departments and hospitals. However, consensus definitions of sepsis are imprecise and the incidence and costs of the condition are thought to be underestimated. This article discusses the incidence of sepsis globally and nationally, and the effects of the condition. It emphasises the early identification and effective management of sepsis, which remain crucial to improving patient outcomes such as morbidity and mortality. It also outlines the nurse’s role in providing sepsis care.
Nursing Standard. 32, 25, 41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e10602Correspondence
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Received: 05 July 2016
Accepted: 01 December 2017
Published online: 13 February 2018