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SAM statement regarding NCEPOD report into sepsis

Please find below a statement from the Society for Acute Medicine regarding the latest National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) sepsis report:

Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), said:

“We wish to thank NCEPOD for undertaking this extremely important piece of work.

“As highlighted, identifying patients with sepsis and implementing prompt treatment remains problematic. This disappointment is compounded by the fact that inadequacies in sepsis care have been highlighted in the recent past.

“In this report, 51% of patients are cared for by acute physicians. Acute medicine will continue to play a pivotal role in improving care for patients with sepsis, however, it is clear that care can be improved at every stage in the patient journey, from primary care to intensive care.

“To make care better it will take a concerted and collaborative effort by all of us involved in this field. To this end, SAM welcomes the invitation to participate at the launch of the guideline.

“The report highlights that sepsis care is both very simple but also very complex. As experts, we need to tease out the issues that continue to hinder the best possible care. This is a time for action, a time to ‘Just Say Sepsis’.”

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