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Tackling sepsis through hand hygiene

Date: Thu 28th February 2019

According to the UK Sepsis Trust, each year in the UK, there are around 250,000 cases of sepsis, a rare but serious complication of an infection. It is often called ‘the silent killer’, because, without quick treatment, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death. Sepsis is believed to be the cause of around 46,000 deaths in the UK every year. That’s a greater number than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined.

It is vital that everyone in a healthcare setting takes all appropriate steps to prevent infection, including paying careful attention to hand hygiene. This is important for staff, who already make this part of their daily lives, but, also, importantly, for visitors and patients themselves – as everybody must comply for infection to be prevented effectively.

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