Time to treat sepsis cut to one hour

The worrying rate of missed sepsis cases in NSW emergency departments has been dramatically reduced thanks to a state-wide awareness and training program.

The program, called Sepsis Kills, has led to a fall in the time taken to treat the commonly fatal condition by two-thirds within only 16 months.

Before the Clinical Excellence Commission program began in May last year, it took on average about four hours for a patient with sepsis to receive antibiotics

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