A specialist team dedicated to tackling sepsis has been deployed at a hospital where a six-year-old boy died from the condition. Jack Adcock suffered a fatal cardiac arrest caused by sepsis at Leicester Royal Infirmary when staff failed to correctly diagnose him.
The condition, a serious complication of an infection, kills about 37,000 people a year in England. The team, believed to be a first in England, will assist emergency staff.
University Hospitals of Leicester Trust said about 40 patients each week presented with high-risk sepsis – carrying a risk of death of at least 20%. Lead consultant John Parker said the new sepsis team would include medics from a variety of backgrounds, including intensive and critical care. He said: “The team will support the emergency team to recognise and immediately treat anyone who we suspect has sepsis. They will then help make sure that patient gets the right care, from emergency surgery to intensive care support.”
Dr Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, welcomed the initiative: “I think it’s really treating sepsis as seriously as we treat major trauma and that’s what’s needed if we’re to save lives. I hope this sets a precedent for other acute trusts to follow.”
Only last April, Goda Janulevicuite tragically died after being sent home from the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. A serious case review found the hospital had failed to detect the complications leading to sepsis. The serious incident report said Goda’s sepsis symptoms were not spotted when she was first admitted to hospital as she was treated for her chicken pox symptoms. She was discharged, but came back the next day with septic shock and organ dysfunction.
The hospital was ordered by the Care Quality Commission to improve its handling of sepsis cases stating “had the sepsis been confirmed and treated on her first attendance, it is likely that her chance of survival would have been greater.”
Inez Brown, Partner from Medical Accident Group said “I am pleased to see that University Hospitals of Leicester Trust is taking this seriously and more Trusts need to follow. Sepsis is a silent killer and is responsible for taking so many lives over the last few years due to delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. In addition, many patients have been left with significant disabilities as a result of a delay in diagnosing sepsis”.
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