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The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is holding an inquiry into sepsis.



Sepsis has been described as one of the most common but least recognised illnesses in both the developed and developing world. It is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. If not recognised early and treated promptly, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.


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Terms of reference

The terms of reference for the inquiry are to look at:

  • What understanding there is about sepsis incidence, how sepsis is presenting to services, and outcomes from sepsis.
  • Public and professional awareness of sepsis.
  • Identification and management of sepsis in out-of-hospital settings, including use of relevant screening tools/guidance, and the referral process between primary/secondary care.
  • Identification/management of sepsis in acute (hospital) settings.
  • The physical and mental impact on those who have survived sepsis, and their needs for support.

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

First published: 13/09/2019




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