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Sepsis quality standard (NICE)

Sepsis can progress very quickly – patients who are not identified and treated in a timely manner risk life-threatening complications and even death. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a new draft quality standard on sepsis emphasising that people with life-threatening sepsis symptoms should be treated within one hour.

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Evaluating QuickFISH™ for Rapid Sepsis Species ID

by Emma Kerr, Specialist Biomedical Scientist, Microbiology Department, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley. In a recent study carried out at the Royal Alexandra Hospital within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, patient blood culture samples were evaluated for the clinical effectiveness of QuickFISH in the direct detection of Staphylococcus species and Enterobacteriaceae. The reliability of the QuickFISH method in identification of bacterial pathogens was assessed.

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