Healthcare providers should treat people who show signs of sepsis with the same way as those who say they have a heart attack, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body's immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection. Sepsis is also called as septicemia or blood poisoning. Sepsis is a leading cause of rapid deterioration in children. According to a report, there were diagnostic delays in 36% of all cases.
‘The new guidance for sepsis by Nice instructs medical professionals to pounce on any signs of sepsis at an early stage by clearly setting out the signs and symptoms.
The new guidance by Nice called for health professionals to think about the possibility of sepsis in all patients who may have an infection. General physicians should send any patient who might have sepsis to the hospital in an ambulance.
The guidance also includes a checklist of signs and symptoms and details on what to do next.
Prof Saul Faust, chair of the group that developed the Nice guidelines, said, "Anyone can succumb to sepsis. We want clinicians to start asking 'could this be sepsis?' Much earlier on so they can rule it out or get people the treatment they need. The thinking should be similar to considering that chest pain could be heart-related."
"Just like most people with chest pain do not have a heart attack, the majority of people with an infection will not have sepsis. But if it isn't considered then the diagnosis can be missed."
Dr Ron Daniels, chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, said, "Sepsis is a condition whose time has come. We must act decisively to save many of the thousands of lives claimed every year."