- Collect 2 sets of blood cultures for adult patients
- 18,000+ Australians suffer from sepsis every year
- 50+ children in Australia die of sepsis each year
- Only 14% of Australians can name a symptom of sepsis
- 5,000 Australians die each year from sepsis
- 50% of paediatric sepsis deaths occurred within 24 hours
Dr Luregn Schlapbach says sepsis is a silent killer. It often initially mimics other diseases such as flu. Dr Paula Lister: Sepsis is a life threatening infection that happens when the body’s own response to that infection ends up damaging organs and tissue. Amanda Harley: Early recognition and management of sepsis saves lives. Dr Christa Bell: Just ask that question could this be sepsis? Damian Jones: Could this be sepsis? Matthew Ames: Could this be sepsis? Amy Wilkinson: Could it be sepsis? Tick tock you’re on the clock. Could this be sepsis? For more information visit www.clinicalexcellence.qld.gov.au
Dr Luregn Schlapbach: Only one in six Australians can name a symptom of sepsis and 60 per cent of Australians have never heard of sepsis. Dr Paula Lister: We know sepsis is largely preventable, but we also know that its prevalence is largely increasing. So as clinicians, we always need to be stopping and thinking: could this be sepsis? Amanda Harley: Sepsis is known as the silent killer as it symptoms often suggest a less serious illness. Symptoms should always look for symptoms of fever, hypothermia, reduced level of consciousness, altered behaviour, non-blanching rash, and always listen to parental or patient concerns. If anyone is worried, escalate. Dr Christa Bell: Your key in this fight against sepsis is that parent, that patient, listen to their story. Is this illness different to how they’ve had their illness behaviours before? Just ask that question could this be sepsis? Dr Luregn Schlapbach: The chances of dying from sepsis increases every hour without treatment. Tick tock you’re on the clock. Could this be sepsis? For more information visit www.clinicalexcellence.qld.gov.au.
Posters for clinical areas
Information for consumers
- Sepsis patient discharge information – adults
- Sepsis factsheet for adult patients and families
- Paediatric symptoms and checklist for parents
- Children's Health Queensland sepsis factsheet
- Surviving Sepsis Campaign's on-ward implementation of the one hour sepsis bundles.
- Australian Sepsis Network's Stopping Sepsis: a National Action Plan.
- Sepsis Kills Program from the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission.
- UK Sepsis Trust's professional resources.
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