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Trust has the lowest sepsis mortality rate in the region

Published 01/12/2017

Latest data has revealed that patients treated at Derby Teaching Hospitals are 32% less likely to die of sepsis than the national average.

This is the lowest inpatient mortality rate for sepsis in the region – with the latest statistics showing that there were 112 fewer deaths than would’ve been expected between August 2016 and July 2017.

Sepsis is a major cause of potentially avoidable deaths in hospitals, although the survival rate is over 75% if it is treated with antibiotics within an hour of diagnosis. 

Derby Teaching Hospitals has therefore made early recognition of sepsis a priority through the introduction of the sepsis screening tool and care bundle, which helps staff spot for signs of the condition and identifies treatment options.

Patient Linda Bradley, 69, spent a week at the Royal Derby Hospital in July, after a referral to the Medical Assessment Unit by her GP led Consultant Dr Nicola Cooper to quickly diagnose her with sepsis. 

After continuing her treatment in the Intensive Care Unit and Ward 310, her condition improved significantly and she has since made a full recovery, with husband Alan, 76, praising staff for helping save his wife’s life.  

He said: “It was a scary time for us but we have a lot of faith in the Royal Derby Hospital and the care that Linda received was brilliant. The whole process ran like clockwork and within minutes of our arrival, Dr Cooper was able to diagnose that my wife had a serious case of sepsis. All of the staff we came across, from the nurses, to the consultants, were just fantastic and we can’t thank them enough. The people that work here do a wonderful job and we really ought to treasure that. Linda is doing very well now and that’s all thanks to the great treatment she received at the hospital. We’re both just so grateful.” 

Over 1,700 members of staff have now been trained to screen for sepsis, with Derby Teaching Hospitals also achieving the 90% target ensuring patients suspected of having sepsis are administered with IV antibiotics within one hour. 

To help our staff provide this life-saving treatment as quickly as possible, a new Sepsis 6 trolley containing all of the equipment needed to immediately treat the condition was unveiled in our A&E on Monday as part of a weeklong campaign in the department promoting early recognition of sepsis. 

Dr Nigel Sturrock, Derby Teaching Hospitals Executive Medical Director, said: “Providing safer and quality care for our patients is central to everything we do here at Derby Teaching Hospitals. The survival rate for sepsis is high if it is recognised and treated quickly but every hour’s delay has a major impact in reducing this. It is therefore vital that we all promote early recognition of sepsis as a Trust. We are extremely proud of the care we provide for patients with sepsis here in Derby but we want to do even better and save even more lives.”  

It is estimated that around 37,000 deaths are attributed to sepsis each year nationally, of which 12,500 could have been prevented.  

Last Modified 06/12/2017