Lifesavers nominated for another national award

Posted: February 24, 2016

Sepsis team hoping for BMJ Award success

The lifesaving actions of the team dedicated to tackling deadly infection sepsis at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon have been shortlisted for national glory at this year's medical Oscars. 

Competing against four other high performing teams for the Clinical Leadership Award, the Trust's Sepsis Working Group will hit the red carpet at the BMJ Awards, the medical profession's most prestigious accolade, in London on Thursday 5 May. 

The team's BMJ nod comes just two months after winning the coveted Patient Safety Award at the 2015 Health Business Awards. 

Dr Amanda Pegden, Acute Medicine Consultant and Sepsis Lead, said: "We're all absolutely over the moon to be considered for such a prestigious award. 

"As a Trust, we've made some really fantastic progress in a relatively short period of time. With sepsis, everything comes down to speed and the systems we have in place to spot it at the very first opportunity really have made all the difference. 

"Around 80 per cent of sepsis patients at the Great Western Hospital will now survive, which is a testament to the hard work of not just the Sepsis Working Group, but all staff at the Great Western Hospital who work hard to treat sepsis as quickly as possible." 

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition in which the body's immune system goes into overdrive and begins to attack its own tissues and organs, usually following an infection or injury. 

In recent years the Trust has increased its commitment to tackling sepsis with the introduction of a specialist sepsis nurse as well as increasing awareness of the Sepsis Six, a set of internationally recognised steps that need to happen as soon as a patient shows signs of sepsis, among all clinical staff. 

Patients showing signs of sepsis are now diagnosed within the first hour of arriving at hospital, meaning that in the nine months between May 2014 and March 2015 more than 80 patients made a full recovery. 

The work in tackling sepsis now forms part of 500 Lives, the Trust's vision to save an extra 500 lives over the next five years.

This is the second year in a row that the Trust has been shortlisted at the BMJ Awards, following the Radiology Team's nomination for Imaging Team of the Year in 2015. 

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