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Sepsis Training

NHS RightCare Scenario: Sepsis

This NHS RightCare Scenario, produced with the NHS England-led Cross-system Sepsis Programme Board, will demonstrate the opportunities to reduce the unwarranted variation in sepsis care

In this scenario using a fictional patient, Rob, we examine a case of sepsis, its identification and subsequent management, comparing a suboptimal, difficult scenario against an ideal pathway. At each stage we have modelled the costs of care to commissioners and describe the impact of suboptimal care and then of ideal care on the outcomes and experiences of Robert and his family

This document is intended to help local health economies understand the implications on quality of life and costs – of shifting the sepsis pathway away from a suboptimal journey to one that consistently delivers timely evidence-based excellence


Commissioners, clinicians and providers responsible for their population should consider:

  1. Planning care models to address speedy diagnosis of possible sepsis in all areas of the health economy (Primary, Community and Secondary care)
  2. Systematic and robust monitoring of patients for signs of acute deterioration using NEWS2 (the National Early Warning Score version 2) and assessing acutely ill patients for sepsis
  3. Providing tailored and speedy care to patients in line with guidance, which considers, for example, treatment burden and sharing information with other professions and services
  4. Education for clinicians, patients, carers and family members through a variety of appropriate communication channels


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