Acute care toolkit 9: Sepsis

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Sepsis responds well to early intervention and, if required, rapid escalation of therapy. All staff working in Acute Medical Units (AMUs) need to possess the knowledge and skills to identify sepsis and initiate resuscitation if appropriate.

The toolkit provides an overview of sepsis, with useful definitions and stratification tools. AMUs should provide a key role in identifying patients with sepsis, stratifying risk, determining appropriate levels of care, and continuing the resuscitation of patients identified with sepsis prior to AMU admission.

Other useful resources:

  • The UK Sepsis Trust has produced a series of free resources including toolkits, screening tools and a free app across iOS, Android and Windows platforms to assist in the bedside recognition of sepsis: www.sepsistrust.org

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