New standard is a ‘game changer’ that will ensure healthcare workers recognise sepsis as a medical emergency
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, in partnership with The George Institute Australian Sepsis Network have developed a national Sepsis Clinical Care Standard to improve the delivery of sepsis care in Australia. The goal of the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard is to ensure a patient presenting with signs and symptoms of sepsis receives prompt optimal clinical care, from symptom onset through to discharge from hospital into community care. This includes timely recognition of sepsis, early and appropriate antimicrobial therapy and continuity of care from the acute setting through to their discharge and recovery. Establishing a nationally recognised clinical standard of care for sepsis was a key recommendation in the Stopping Sepsis: A national action plan report and one of eight projects commissioned under the National Sepsis Program.