Thursday 21 September 2017

Death rate from sepsis still high

Niamh Boyle lost fingers and toes due to a potentially fatal sepsis infection after childbirth.
Photo: Photocall
Niamh Boyle lost fingers and toes due to a potentially fatal sepsis infection after childbirth. Photo: Photocall

Nearly one-in-five patients who develops sepsis dies of the condition, despite a 30pc drop in hospital deaths from the infection in the past five years.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition, triggered by infection, which if untreated causes organ failure, according to Dr Vilda Hamilton, HSE national clinical lead for sepsis.

It led to the death of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital Galway in 2012. Following her death, new guidelines were introduced to improve the ability of staff to spot the signs.

Irish Independent

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