Sepsis Literature


You’ll find a list of relevant literature concerning the wider field of sepsis diagnostics on this page.

Time to act – Severe sepsis: rapid diagnosis and treatment saves lives

This report was prepared by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in 2013. The report incorporated the advice of a number of professional bodies including the Royal College of Physicians, the College of Emergency Medicine and the UK Sepsis Trust. Key recommendations focused on improved recognition of sepsis, improved treatment, setting benchmarks for continuous improvement and ensuring that clinical practice is underpinned and informed by relevant research.

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Quarterly Epidemiological Commentaries on MRSA, MSSA, Escherichia coli bacteraemia and C. difficile infection

Produced by the Health Protection Agency (now part of Public Health England), these reports provide an overview of trends identified through the HPA’s mandatory reporting scheme for these healthcare associated infections.

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Voluntary surveillance of candidaemia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2012

An analysis of trends and distribution in cases of candidaemia, together with the relevant data on antimicrobial susceptibility.

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UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018

Published in September 2013, this UK cross-governmental report has the goal of slowing the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. This is an issue of vital importance to the field of sepsis and bacteraemia, which can often be caused by resistant bacteria such as MRSA and ESBL.

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About Sepsis Diagnostics

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the presence of micro-organisms such as bacteria (bacteraemia) and fungi (fungaemia) in the bloodstream. Disease progression can be rapid so effective clinical intervention in these cases requires prompt diagnosis and identification of the responsible pathogen.

The QuickFISH system offers unprecedentedly fast (20 minute) species identification of pathogens directly from positive blood cultures, allowing the reporting of pathogen identification at the same time as the reporting of Gram stain results. Implementation of QuickFISH for sepsis diagnostics can deliver

  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Decreased financial outlay
  • Optimised antibiotic use
  • Decreased patient length of stay