More than 150 clinicians, policy and administration staff, consumers and group leaders attended the Statewide Paediatric Sepsis Forum on 21 August 2017 to demonstrate and discuss challenges, gaps, and strategies in preventing, recognising and treating children with sepsis.
The program featured speakers from a broad range of backgrounds, including research, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, patient safety, and Indigenous health. The wealth of knowledge and varied perspectives allowed for robust discussion which provided a holistic view of a paediatric sepsis journey.
Dr Andrew Hallahan, Paediatric Lead for the Clinical Excellence Division, opened the forum and challenged the group to think about current barriers to sepsis recognition.
The highlight of the day featured Gold Coast mother Anita Douglas, who joined treating clinician Dr Christa Bell to discuss her daughter Lily’s journey with sepsis at 18 months old. Anita provided a valuable perspective, reminding attendees that consumers need to be empowered to know what to look for to provide clinicians with the complete picture when diagnosing the disease.
Following the forum a paediatric statewide sepsis working group will be established to will inform and direct development of effective reliable approach to this problem in Queensland. Discussions from the day will guide the development of the Paediatric Sepsis Clinical Pathway by the Healthcare Improvement Unit, under the stewardship of the working group.