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Sepsis Collaborative

Every year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of sepsis, resulting in a staggering 44,000 deaths – more than bowel, breast and colon cancer combined.

Sepsis is the biggest direct cause of death in UK pregnancies and affects about 10,000 children every year in the UK.

Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissuebs and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.

Our Sepsis Collaborative is working on improving sepsis care for patients across the West of England as part of the Safer Care through Early Warning Scores project.

Find out more about sepsis in this clip from BBC2’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor…

The UK Sepsis Trust has developed a range of clinical toolkits to support clinical areas in the improvement of sepsis care.

Yeovil District Hospital and South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust have produced a really good short video to explain the sepsis 6 in 90 secs.


For a video and guide to symptoms of sepsis in children under 5 visit NHS Choices. 

This was developed by the Health Innovation Network (HIN) who also produce safety netting advice for clinicians.

For Emergency Department clinicians wanting more information, please click here.

For Primary Care clinicians wanting more information, please click here.

For a support leaflet for parents.


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If you would like to get involved in our Sepsis Collaborative, then please contact Nathalie Delaney at

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The West of England AHSN is part of the AHSN sepsis cluster, working on the Sepsis Action Plan published by NHS England in 2015.

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