Sepsis needs similar urgency to myocardial infarction

Sepsis is a medical emergency and must be treated with similar urgency to myocardial infarction or stroke, say doctors concerned about avoidable deaths and complications.

This means quick diagnosis and treatment by hospital staff, GPs and paramedics, who should ensure antibiotics are administered within 60 minutes.

There is also a need to ensure the general population recognises the symptoms, say the critical care and emergency doctors who have formed the Australian Sepsis Network.

They say the condition is under-recognised, despite the fact that it kills more people than prostate cancer and breast

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