The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidelines that would help UK-based, non-profit organisation Sepsis Trust to update clinical tools for improving the way sepsis is handled across England’s National Health Service (NHS).

Sepsis is a serious, life-threatening condition that occurs when a body's response to infection injures its own tissues and organs.

NICE Centre for Guidelines director Mark Baker said: “The UK Sepsis Trust is now working with NICE to update their range of clinical toolkits in response to the guideline so that health professionals are well equipped to quickly identify and treat people with sepsis.”

The guidelines advise health professionals to consider sepsis in any patient with an infection, and to treat the condition with the same importance as a possible heart attack.

"Equipped with the tools to follow care recommendations, every health professional will be empowered to prevent thousands of unnecessary deaths."

UK Sepsis Trust chief executive Dr Ron Daniels said: “The NICE guideline provides the means to spot and treat sepsis quickly by working with the system.

“Equipped with the tools to follow care recommendations, every health professional will be empowered to prevent thousands of unnecessary deaths.

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“Sepsis is indiscriminate and often hard to diagnose, but these resources present a cohesive national approach to identifying and treating the condition. It’s a brilliant opportunity to effect change across the UK and beyond.”

The new guidelines will help develop a blueprint across the system, thereby assisting every health professional to better detect and manage sepsis in an affected person.

The NICE guidelines use a common language for both paediatric and adult care so that the severity of illness is always communicated, irrespective of the person's age.