The aim of this report is to highlight the considerable costs associated with sepsis in the UK. Despite the economic and human costs associated with this often fatal condition, there are very little data on incidence, care pathways and costs in the UK. Indeed, the incidence of sepsis may be underreported as sepsis may be attributed to other conditions such as pneumonia. There is consensus that much more could be done to recognise sepsis at an earlier stage in many cases, and that if this were the case, deaths, complications and the use of hospital resources could be significantly reduced.
This report was generously funded by The Whitewater Charitable Trust in 2017, to which the UK Sepsis Trust is extremely grateful.