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Sepsis awareness day at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Are you Sepsis aware? Staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital are...

Practicing ‘scrub the hub’ to ensure that the needlefree connector is suitably disinfected.

Every year in the UK there are 150,000 cases of Sepsis, resulting in a staggering 44,000 deaths  – more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined(1).

Chesterfield Royal Hospital are committed to increasing awareness of Sepsis, in particular how to screen for Sepsis and what action should be taken.

Tracy Hodkin, Sepsis Nurse, has worked in close collaboration with colleagues from the Critical Outreach Team and Clinical Skills to co-ordinate the first Sepsis Awareness Day with the primary objective of ‘Sharing Expertise’ through education and a series of interactive scenario workshops.

As Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s IV Therapy Partner B. Braun Medical Ltd have supported Tracey in the co-ordination of the Sepsis Awareness Day by providing pocket sized screening tool clip cards and education on best practice IV line care. 


Jackie Shepherd, B. Braun Clinical Educator, highlighting best practice IV line care.

The education around best practice IV line care is intended to assist in helping to prevent Sepsis development with inpatients, for example by ensuring adherence to the correct disinfection of the patients needlefree connector - ‘Scrub the Hub’ -  to help prevent the risk of catheter related blood stream infections.

B. Braun Medical Ltd are also assisting in supporting Tracey by increasing awareness of the importance of first line IV antibiotics being required within a 1 hour window and that the line is flushed to ensure that the patient receives the full dose.

The Sepsis Awareness Day attracted a multi-disciplinary audience and received overwhelmingly positive feedback:

Tracey hopes that the “Sepsis Awareness Day sessions have been informal yet interactive and that those that have attended will spread the word amongst their colleagues. We hope to replicate this study day later in the year and perhaps role it out to the wider nursing community”