Some thoughts from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis
To Westminster again. Although not, this time, by bike. And without Boris Johnson to meet us. Instead I was privileged to be representing the National Outreach Forum in Wales at the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis.
More and more it feels as if the identification and response to sepsis is starting to receive the recognition it deserves and rightly so. The incidence of sepsis has dramatically increased by an annual rate of 8-13% over the past decade and now affects 20-30 million people worldwide every year. According to the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) there are over 6 million cases of neonatal and early childhood sepsis and over 100,000 cases of maternal sepsis annually.
The reasons for this include the development of drug-resistant and more virulent varieties of pathogens, the ageing society and, in the developing world, malnutrition, poverty and lack of access to vaccines.
The meeting heard moving testimony from Terence Canning, the UK Sepsis Trustee for Wales (in video above), on the death at the age of 41 from sepsis of his brother Mark, and there was discussion between representatives of various branches of the NHS, several professional bodies and the private sector about how to proceed.
It was acknowledged that, rather than a big, resource intensive breakthrough in treatment, what was generally needed was the reliable implementation of basic, simple interventions. Doing the right thing for every patient, every time.
Following the meeting I was pleased to meet Collette and David from the British Association of Critical Care Nurses who are planning to make sepsis a major theme for the BACCN conference next year in Cardiff.
One of the most important aspects of the day for me was the chance to catch up with Ron Daniels and Terence to plan for how we make the 2014 Cycle for Sepsis bigger, better and involve more people.
I was a bit alarmed however at a detour from Pembrokeshire through Nottingham that was suggested. Looks like I will have to get some practice in.
Chris Hancock is the Programme Manager for the Rapid Response to Acute Illness Learning Set (RRAILS) programme and the Wales’ lead for World Sepsis Day.
Chris will be speaking at the Recognising, Treating and Managing Severe Sepsis conference on the 28th January 2014. Find out more here.