This morning UK Sepsis Trust CEO, Dr Ron Daniels, was on both the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and BBC Breakfast speaking about the report from Prof Sir Brian Jarman regarding the increase in deaths from sepsis in hospitals by a third.
The report suggests that staff shortages and overcrowding are partly to blame, but recognises that awareness campaigns have played a huge part in preventing unnecessary deaths from the illness.
Dr Ron was interviewed this morning and issued the following statement in response to the report
“The success of awareness campaigns is now being felt, but there’s so much more to do. These new data demonstrate a worrying trend towards an increase in incidents of sepsis.”
“Whilst the estimated numbers of people dying are conservative, we agree that the reported incidents of sepsis is rising by between 10-13 percent every year. This is part due to improvements in the way we record and code cases of sepsis but this doesn’t fully explain the increase.”
“It’s likely that our ageing population, antibiotics resistance, and ever-increasing pressures on the NHS also carry some responsibility. Without properly collected prospective data it’s likely that we’ll never truly understand the magnitude of the problem.”