Improving sepsis recognition through use of the Sepsis Trust’s community screening tool

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Sepsis is associated with high levels of morbidity and mortality. All
healthcare professionals have a responsibility to ensure they have sufficient
knowledge to effectively screen patients for signs and symptoms of sepsis.
In the community setting, screening for sepsis can be challenging, due
to the complexity within the patient population and difficulties associated
with observation for changes in the patient’s condition. The Sepsis Trust
community nursing sepsis screening tool provides decision-making support
to community healthcare professionals, enabling them to make a rapid
assessment for risk factors for sepsis, ensuring a proportionate, consistent
and appropriate response. Through implementation of a decision-support
tool within the clinical setting, it is likely that patients at risk of sepsis will be
identified earlier, and patients will be escalated in a more consistent manner.
This process of improving consistency in practice can improve patient
outcomes, including mortality, morbidity and overall patient experience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Issue number2
Early online date9 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


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