Chris Hancock

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. Follow Chris on Twitter: @chris23han

Nov 282013
 

Some thoughts from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis

Chris Hancock

Chris Hancock

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. Continue reading »

Jul 302013
 
Chris Hancock

Chris Hancock

After delivering a talk to a group of students, during which I had briefly mentioned sepsis, I was approached by one of the tutors.

“I was listening to what you said about sepsis,” she said. “I want to say thank you because now I think I finally know what my mother died from.”

This person was a nurse tutor and therefore could be presumed to have a reasonable knowledge of physiology and disease processes, and yet she had never heard of sepsis. This isn’t a surprise. Sepsis is largely unknown both to the public and also, worryingly, to healthcare professionals. Continue reading »

Feb 222013
 
Chris Hancock

Chris Hancock

When I worked in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a full term baby was admitted because of rapid deterioration in his condition due to sepsis. As we prepared to resuscitate the little boy the consultant, attempting to encourage us, cried: “Come on, we won’t lose this one.” 

He was wrong. In a matter of minutes this newborn baby, who had only a few hours before been thriving, was dead. I was struck then by how quickly sepsis kills and also the futility of leaving treatment too late. Continue reading »