Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It is a healthcare condition that can affect newborn, children and adults alike, and can lead to serious illness and even death. Earlier recognition and appropriate treatment of sepsis have much improved over the last decade, but the best strategy remains to prevent infection altogether. Proper preventive practices for specific procedures, interventions and operations can decrease the incidence of infections and sepsis in the hospital setting.
Surviving Sepsis: A Human Factors Approach
PatientStories.org and the Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust in the UK have created
Surviving Sepsis: A Human Factors Approach, a short film documenting their innovative human factors approach to identify and manage sepsis (PatientStories.org, 2013).
This short documentary accompanies "Julie's Story". In 2008, Julie Carman was involved in a road traffic accident whilst on a cycling holiday. She suffered injuries to her face, jaw and legs but made a good initial recovery and expected to be back at work within three months. Three years later she was still having treatment having experienced two further emergency admissions to hospital due to acute cellulitis and sepsis. In this short film, Julie explains how a series of "everyday" communication failures conspired to create delays in her receiving effective treatment (PatientStories.org, 2013).