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Pan-London Paediatric Sepsis Network

The Pan-London Paediatric Sepsis Network brings together healthcare professionals and academics from acute, emergency and inpatient paediatric care, from across London and beyond. It aims to address clinical, medical, cultural and social challenges unique to the needs of children at the risk of sepsis.

The Pan-London Paediatric Sepsis Network brings together healthcare professionals and academics from acute, emergency and inpatient paediatric care, from across London and beyond. It aims to address clinical, medical, cultural and social challenges unique to the needs of children at the risk of sepsis.

Sepsis is a severe and life-threatening response to infection which can be hard to spot in its early phases. It is often preventable if an infection is identified early. But even when it has set in, it may be turned around if treatment is started soon enough. The diagnosis of sepsis in children is fortunately relatively rare, however approximately two or three children each day in the UK still die from this condition. The presenting signs and symptoms of sepsis in young children are very non-specific, making it challenging to identify – both for parents and medical professionals.

Spotting the Signs of Sepsis – Subtitled (English) from Health Innovation Network on Vimeo.

The Paediatric Sepsis Network was established in autumn 2017 to bring together healthcare professionals and academics from acute, emergency and inpatient paediatric care from across and beyond London. Delivered in partnership with the Health Innovation Network South London, the community aims to address clinical, medical, cultural and social challenges unique to the needs of children at the risk of sepsis.

Since its establishment, the Network brought together more than 100 healthcare professionals from 30 organisations to learn, debate and improve the care for children with sepsis. One of the key discussion points has been that despite repeated strategic reports since 2015 identifying system-wide deficiencies in the care that patients with sepsis receive, there is still lack of robust UK based epidemiological studies on the incidence and outcomes of sepsis in children. As an initial step to address this, the Network proposed to develop a system for data collection regarding the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and outcome of sepsis in the paediatric population in the emergency department setting.

Work on a pilot data registry across three London based centres started in August 2019. It aims to establish proof of concept and enable eventual roll-out to a wider region, providing much needed data and evidence to support evaluation of diagnostic criteria, interventions, planning and redesign of services.

Our next Pan-London Paediatric sepsis Network’s event will take place on 12 February, 2020, 1-4:30pm. Register your place here.

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