Under the guidance hospital staff must alert senior doctors if patients who do not respond to treatment within an hour.
According to Celia Ingham Clark, medical director for clinical effectiveness at NHS England:
“We’ve come a long way in the NHS in improving how we identify and tackle sepsis, with more people having the problem spotted and treated than ever before.
“The NHS Long Term Plan is a blueprint for transforming NHS care, and after the success we’ve had ramping up earlier sepsis diagnosis in many parts of the country, all hospitals will now be required to deliver the best possible practices for identifying and treating sepsis.”
According to the announcement, sepsis costs 37,000 lives a year.
Read more from the announcement here.