This NICE quality standard was updated in June 2020 and covers recognising, diagnosing, and early management of sepsis. It makes five quality statements covering:
- Suspected sepsis cases are assessed using a structured set of observations.
- Suspected high-risk sepsis cases have an immediate review by a senior clinical decision-maker and antibiotics are given within one hour, if indicated.
- Suspected sepsis cases that need treatment to restore cardiovascular stability have an intravenous fluid bolus within one hour of risk being assessed.
- Suspected sepsis cases who receive intravenous antibiotics or fluid bolus are seen by a consultant if their condition fails to respond within one hour of initial treatment.
- Suspected low-risk sepsis cases are given information about symptoms to monitor and how to access medical care.
For more information, please visit the NICE website.