Our hearts go out to Marcie’s family at this incredibly difficult time. Every death from sepsis is a tragedy, but knowing the outcome may have been different had medical professionals followed protocol makes Marcie’s case doubly tragic.
Marcie’s case shows that, if healthcare professionals do not “think sepsis” when a patient presents with signs of severe infection, the consequences can be devastating. Not every death from sepsis is preventable but, if healthcare professionals listen to families’ instincts about their loved ones and perform a structured set of clinical observations, those deaths which are preventable can be avoided.
This is why we fully support the new hospital guidelines announced yesterday by NHS England to ensure that doctors are following protocol; we know that it saves thousands of lives every year.
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