An independent study commissioned by the UK Sepsis Trust shows that there are 100,000 more people suffering from sepsis each year than initial estimates suggested. The 44,000 lives claimed by sepsis each year in the UK and long term complications due to delayed diagnosis were found to be costing the UK economy as much as £15.6 billion annually. The good news is that improving sepsis care across the NHS could save thousands of lives and reduce the economic burden by £2.8 billion.
At the report launch, UKST CEO Dr Ron Daniels talked about what these new figures mean for the future of sepsis care. “We’ve long been aware that sepsis causes thousands of unnecessary deaths every year and presents an unmanageable economic burden. A crippling paucity of data has thus far confined us to conservative estimates, but the figures reported in YHEC’s study are a shocking new indication of the gravity and sheer scale of the problem. It’s sobering to learn that the issue is so much greater than previously estimated.
“Equally sobering, though, is the dearth of reliable data recorded for a condition that carries such an overwhelming cost in human and economic terms. It’s imperative that the government acts decisively to develop a national ‘sepsis registry’ and introduces coding practices for sepsis in all NHS trusts. A precise understanding of how the NHS handles sepsis is urgently required to prevent avoidable deaths, improve outcomes for survivors and save billions of pounds for the UK as a whole.”