There are many clinical tools out there that may be of use. Maybe you have developed some great ways of identifying Sepsis; ensuring people adhere to the Sepsis 6 or even a project plan on how you successfully reduced the incidence of Sepsis.
If you think it may help mend Sepsis and you are willing to share please forward any tools you have and we will consider posting it here.
Here are a few of ours:
Sepsis Six tool
The Sepsis 6 is a clinical tool designed for use in patients with severe sepsis. Many hospitals in the UK and beyond have developed combined recognition/ intervention tools aimed at rapid delivery of the Sepsis 6 to patients with severe sepsis. An excellent example is the Sepsis Six tool from Gloucester, though it uses the older 1991 SIRS criteria.
Others have taken a ‘leap of faith’ to treat all inpatients with sepsis, whether severe sepsis or ‘uncomplicated’ sepsis without organ dysfunction. This approach makes sense, but we do not directly promote it as all available evidence for early intervention is in severe sepsis. Designed for use in wards, assessment areas and emergency departments, this easy-to-use Sepsis 6 ward tool from Birmingham guides staff through sepsis recognition and delivery of the Sepsis Six for patients with uncomplicated sepsis. Includes compliance and variance boxes.
We would not recommend aggressive treatment of uncomplicated sepsis outside hospital- these patients may be safely managed at home with review.
Prehospital Sepsis Tool
An example of a tool in use by Paramedics across several Ambulance Services, this Prehospital Sepsis Screening Tool permits rapid identifcation of sepsis, initiation of therapy and pre-alerting of receiving units.
Detailing the scale of the problem, current gaps in delivery of care and how to deliver the Sepsis Six, this presentation is ideal for junior doctors and nurses in a multi-professional audience. Usual copyright law applies: click this link to download. If you would like a modifiable version under license, contact Ron.
Another area that is neglected throughout the UK is support for patients and their families post sepsis: it is generally highly underestimated how recovery impacts upon everyday life – If you have any tools that may help survivors – or indeed help professionals to support survivors then please get in touch. If you’d like to use our ‘Sepsis- a guide for patients and relatives 03 16‘ booklets, please get in touch.
The UK Sepsis Trust accepts no liability for any tools posted.