Search

Region’s ambulance trust backs World Sepsis Day

PUBLISHED: 15:01 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:01 12 September 2017

Picture: Archant Library.

Picture: Archant Library.

Archant Norfolk

The region’s ambulance service is at the forefront of sepsis research and action ahead of World Sepsis Day tomorrow, September 13.

Sepsis, more commonly known as severe blood poisoning, can affect the whole body and its vital organs and is the leading cause of death from infection.

If not treated swiftly, it can prove fatal; more than 44,000 people in the UK die every year from sepsis - which is more than breast and bowel cancer combined.

Tracy Nicholls, head of clinical quality at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and member of the NHS England Cross System Programme Board, has championed the role paramedics can play in saving people from the deadly blood disease.

She said: “The trust has been integral in the sepsis story for four years now by trialling diagnosis pilots and training staff in the latest tools to help them think about a sepsis diagnosis.

“Our staff are dedicated and they are doing a really great job – but we all agree there is always more that can be done. We are still seeing between 370 and 400 cases in the region a month and I want us to continue pushing on and continue to raise awareness of this condition.

“We want sepsis to be as high profile as a stroke or heart attack. The key to reducing the prevalence of sepsis is timely recognition and diagnosis, quick administration of antibiotics and the involvement of experts including intensive care specialists – and we play a key role in that.”

Ms Nicholls has been instrumental in the drive from the ambulance service to promote sepsis awareness across the health sector.

The trust was the first in the country to carry out trials around the diagnosis of sepsis and has shared its learning with others to help improve the care patients receive.

Other news

Yesterday, 13:52

Missing Peter Pugh was submerged in water for 20 hours, coastguards revealed today.

Yesterday, 16:58

Drone pilot Sergeant Danny Leach said he was “ecsatic” when he found a missing man stuck in marshes.

Yesterday, 16:02

Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) is poised to decide whether to press forward with a possible takeover of the management of the county’s fire and rescue service.

Yesterday, 17:04

As part of National Licensing Week (18-22 June), Breckland Council is showing local people why the work they do with licensees, operators and regulators in the area, is so vital.

Most Read

Friday, June 15, 2018

Thousands of Norfolk residents are proud to have been born and bred in the East of England for generations.

Read more
United Kingdom
Yesterday, 13:52

Missing Peter Pugh was submerged in water for 20 hours, coastguards revealed today.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:20

Hundreds of local school children will get to explore a big and unusual musical instrument when it arrives in north Norfolk this month.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:07

A major search for a missing man came to a successful close after a police drone spotted the 75-year-old on a Norfolk beach almost 24 hours after he was last seen.

Read more
Norfolk police
Sunday, June 17, 2018

A major search for a 75-year-old man who went missing while out on a walk with his family along a Norfolk beach will continue this morning.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 18°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Fakenham and Wells Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy