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Spotting the signs of sepsis

Published: Wednesday, 27 June 2018

A new e-learning programme designed to help healthcare professionals spot the early signs of sepsis has been launched through eIntegrity.

Sepsis square 1Globally, around 30 million people* are affected by sepsis each year and this figure is growing annually. Prompt recognition and treatment of sepsis is key to improving survival rates and long-term outcomes. But, the symptoms can sometimes be difficult to detect.

The Sepsis e-learning programme, which has been developed by clinical experts in the UK, covers a very wide range of themes, including sepsis in children, the elderly, and complex issues such as maternity and neutropenia. It is suitable for all healthcare professionals, including general practitioners, hospital doctors, nurses, community midwives and paramedics.

The learning content, which is accessible online, is highly interactive and practical in focus. For example, learners can review clinical data and medical histories with patient case studies. This helps to build confidence and experience in diagnosing the condition. Learners can also watch video interviews with the parents of children who have been affected by sepsis, helping to put the learning into a real-world context.

The programme, which has been developed by Health Education England in partnership with several royal colleges and other professional bodies, has recently been made available to National Health Service staff across the UK. It is now available globally.

Following the launch of the programme, Wendy Reid, Director of Education and Quality and National Medical Director for Health Education England, said:  “Sepsis is a hugely important topic in both children and adults and this new educational resource, which is available to all health and social care professionals, can help improve diagnoses and treatment rates for patients.”

Find out more about the programme on our dedicated web page.

 

*World Health Organization