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New report highlights missed NHS treatment targets for sepsis

12th September 2017

A significant number of NHS hospitals are missing key treatment targets for sepsis, according to a new report.

Figures from 104 trusts seen by BBC Panorama have shown that 78 percent of eligible patients are being screened for sepsis and 63 percent are getting antibiotics within the hour, but also that one in four trusts are failing to give antibiotics to half their patients with sepsis within the recommended time.

The report also showed that 37 percent of patients that require antibiotics for sepsis are not receiving them within an hour, while 14 trusts are only screening one in every two people with signs of sepsis.

Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of infections that can lead to multiple organ failure and death if not treated promptly. The condition is responsible for 44,000 deaths every year in the UK, of which 14,000 are deemed to be preventable.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt responded to the report by saying: "There are preventable deaths happening, but we're bringing them down, and I think that the picture is much improved from two years ago – but there's a long way to go."

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