Fighting a deadly disease

Clinical matron for acute medicine Debbie Christian picks up a sepsis box from acting chief executive Tricia Hart (right) to mark World Sepsis Day
Clinical matron for acute medicine Debbie Christian picks up a sepsis box from acting chief executive Tricia Hart (right) to mark World Sepsis Day

A campaign to raise awareness of the deadly disease Sepsis has been launched at Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital.

Critical care staff at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have stepped up the fight against the disease by providing every ward with its own sepsis box.

the boxes contain everything needed to deliver six crucial steps, known as the sepsis six, to patients within an hour of staff identifying the deadly disease.

These lifesaving steps include giving intravenous antibiotics and oxygen and taking vital blood tests.

Despite advances in modern medicine sepsis remains the biggest cause of death from infection.

Sepsis boxes have been given to wards at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough as well as the Friarage Hospital as well as urgent care centres in local community hospitals.

The trust is also launching a new pre-hospital and community hospital sepsis screening tool as part of a regional initiative to increase survival rates.

Medical director Rob Wilson said: “I think the clinical evidence is indisputable. Early and evidenced based intervention saves lives in sepsis.”

sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and death, especially if it’s not treated quickly.