QS161 Sepsis

 In Clinical Guidelines, Conditions, NICE guidelines

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.

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