Sepsis: recognition, diagnosis and early management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


In 2015, a UK National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death report identified sepsis as a leading cause of avoidable death that killed more people than breast, bowel, and prostate cancer combined. Sepsis is a condition that is difficult to diagnose with certainty as the signs and symptoms can be very non-specific.

This Guidelines summary provides advice on risk assessment, identification, and managing suspected sepsis outside acute hospital settings.


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