London Scientists unveil new sepsis detection device

Scientists at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine have developed a device that will detect potentially deadly, infectious diseases within hours of taking blood samples.

The device may help to save lives by reducing the time taken by current lab tests.

Read the full news story from The Evening Standard

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Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2016

Critical Care Medicine Volume 45(3), March 2017, p 486–552

A consensus committee of 55 international experts representing 25 international organisations was convened to provide an update to “Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2012.”

The panel provided 93 statements on early management and resuscitation of patients with sepsis or septic shock. Overall, 32 were strong recommendations, 39 were weak recommendations, and 18 were best-practice statements. No recommendation was provided for four questions. In conclusion, substantial agreement exists among a large cohort of international experts regarding many strong recommendations for the best care of patients with sepsis. Although a significant number of aspects of care have relatively weak support, evidence-based recommendations regarding the acute management of sepsis and septic shock are the foundation of improved outcomes for these critically ill patients with high mortality.

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Treat life-threatening sepsis within the hour, says NICE

NICE is urging hospital staff to treat people with life-threatening sepsis symptoms within one hour

In a new draft quality standard, NICE says people showing signs of sepsis must be checked carefully. Once someone is classed as high-risk they should be seen by senior staff and given the right treatment within an hour.

Please follow this link to access the draft quality standard.