Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It can be caused by something as simple as a cut or insect bite, or an infection like pneumonia. It is also a risk following surgery, or for women who have just given birth.
World Sepsis Day is an international day of action and awareness-raising, supported by organisations around the world. It is coordinated internationally by the Global Sepsis Alliance, a collaborative group of non-profit organisations; and as part of the Countess support I have asked one of our sepsis champions to write this blog…
A big hello to everyone around the Trust from the Critical Care Outreach Team, (CCOT).
My name is Sian and I am one of the Outreach Nurses, I have gate-crashed Tony’s blog to tell you about our Team and the upcoming World Sepsis Day.
The CCOT has been well established within the trust since it was set up by Nigel Evans, our Lead Outreach Nurse, in 2001. Over the years the service has expanded in-line with the Department of Health recommendations ‘Critical Care without walls’ and this is still our main driving force – taking Critical Care support out to the patients and staff in all the acute adult areas within the Trust.
We are a small team of 4 led by Nigel, with 2 other permanent members of staff (Vicky and myself) and a 6-month rotational secondment post. We provide cover 7 days a week between 8am and 9.30pm and outside of these hours the ICU Co-ordinator and the Clinical Site Co-ordinators are available to offer support and advice.
“What do we do..?”
Well our working day can vary greatly and no 2 days are the same.
Prior to an ICU admission: One part of our role is to review patients who are becoming acutely unwell and to support the nursing staff in caring for these patients at ward-level. This hopefully helps to prevent some admissions, but also means that for those patients who do end up needing ICU care, have the best chance of survival.
Post ICU: We provide a follow-up service to all ICU step-downs, helping to bridge the gap between the different levels of care, but also allowing us to offer reassurance and psychological support which is vitally important to patients who have been on ICU as the psychological after-effects can have a significant impact.
Specialist Support: For particular groups of patients, such as those with tracheostomies, we are able to offer specialist support and training to ward staff to help in providing safe care for these patients.
Training and Education: Teaching is also a big aspect of our work and we often carry out 1:1 or small groups teaching on the wards, as well as running the ALERT course and tracheostomy training sessions.
And finally…we also help lead the Trust’s Sepsis awareness programme –The Sepsis Six I am sure you have all heard about this and have seen the cards and posters around the Trust, but if not then please do come along to our stand outside canteen or downstairs in the main corridor onWednesday 17th September 2014 to help us raise awareness of Sepsis and its early management as part of World Sepsis Day – it will be great to see you all on the day, helping to raise awareness of Sepsis and your support for tackling this often serious, and sometimes fatal clinical condition.
In the meantime, if we can help you in any way with regards to managing the acutely unwell patient, or any training needs then please contact the team on VOIP 2314 or Bleep 2763
The Critical Care Outreach Team
Nigel Evans CCO lead Nurse