An international perspective - What the NHS is doing to improve sepsis care in UK hospitals
The NHS has provided GPs with automated prompts alerting them to potential sepsis cases, while all staff are being encouraged to think of sepsis in response to a high national early-warning score. Procedural changes mean that ambulance teams now alert hospital emergency services of incoming sepsis patients, as is commonplace with heart-attack or stroke patients. Extra commissioning incentives have been put in place for hospitals to reward good practice in sepsis care. The main challenge is to improve early diagnosis, while continuing to educate medical staff to remember to watch out for the often extremely subtle initial signs.