Clinical update

Sepsis Six update: the important changes every nurse needs to know about

UK Sepsis Trust reviews first step in its screening and management tool
If picked up and treated early a sepsis diagnosis outcome can be positive

UK Sepsis Trust reviews first step in its screening and management tool

Essential info

Five people die as a result of sepsis every hour in the UK, and a quarter of survivors are left with permanent, life-changing after-effects, according to the UK Sepsis Trust.

The potentially life-threatening condition, which is caused by infection, can be difficult to spot as symptoms are similar to many other common conditions. However, if detected and treated early, outcomes are positive.

What’s new

The screening and management tool the Sepsis Six has been updated. The tool, which sets out the six actions that should be taken within one hour in suspected sepsis cases, now lists as its first step that patients should be seen by a senior clinician.

The emphasis on rapid senior clinical input is the


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