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GPs urged to report sepsis-related incidents through new online form

GPs have been asked by NHS England to report sepsis-related patient safety incidents through a new online form, following a drive to audit sepsis management in all GP practices earlier this year.

NHS England has said the new National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) e-form will ‘increase opportunities’ for the NHS to learn about incidence of sepsis in primary care and ‘tackle’ patient safety risks.

In January, the Department of Health (DH) gave GP practices until March to conduct an audit of how effectively they are identifying and managing sepsis, an added workload burden that GP leaders called ‘unhelpful and unrealistic’.

The NHS England update states: ‘There are an estimated 31,000 deaths per year due to sepsis, an estimated 10,000 of which are avoidable. Improvements around initial assessment, recognition of critical illness, and timeliness of treatment could positively impact on patient outcomes.

‘Practice staff are encouraged to use the new e-form to report all incidents and near misses, increasing opportunities for the NHS to learn and take action at a national level to prevent identified patient safety risks.’

Readers' comments (7)

  • Great! Where can I do this? I already completed my form.

    Place of sepsis: Primary care
    Likely cause: Conservative party
    Likely organism: Jeremy Hunt
    Start date: 2010
    symptoms experienced: High temp with burnout of those involved, malaise, generally feeling fed up. Gradual erosion of independence and income.
    Clinicians involved: Nil. Some political GPs including former RCGP chairs contributing to sepsis.
    Treatment: Nil - terminal diagnosis given and primary care is currently being put down.
    Learning points: Never to trust a politicians or wannabe politician colleagues.

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  • They should do a module at medical school for data gathering for NHSE and HSCIC. More blah blah without any impact at ground level.

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  • Can't see this is relevant for GPs as sepsis is usually diagnosed in hospital . We will admit to hospital if we suspect sepsis but blood cultures are rarely done in primary care.

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  • Just prescribe more antibiotics. Simples!

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  • Somehow it will still be a GP's fault that the 90 year old widow's hip replacement was sent home with a temperature of 40degs and no care package or discharge summary, 24 hours after the op. Maybe we should all have ITUs in surgery with ventilators and IV ABx - would save time trying to get the bed manager to accept them back, no unplanned admission paperwork and would free up more time to SKYPE and see people all at the same time. Will probably be promised by some party this week….

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  • I predict this will be as well used as the yellow card reporting service for adverse drug reactions.Also any sepsis report I seem to get are 2-3 weeks behind the event when the local hospital has dained to send me a disharge note(if you can read it).This need to be more hospital focused not just dump on us cause it convenient for them.

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  • ooh goody! A new Form! said no one. ever.

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