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    The National Confidential Enquiry in to patient Outcome and Death in UK reports that doctors are neglecting to record patient’s vital signs, increasing their risk of dying from sepsis. We had reported earlier that 37000 people in UK die from sepsis. In a third of the cases reviewed by the commission where the family practioner had seen the patient not one of the 4 vital signs of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate had been recorded.

    In the A & E department only 41% of the patients had all their vital signs taken. Where sepsis was diagnosed only one in 3 patients was given the correct treatment. Sepsis which can be mistaken for flu, was missed by GPs in 28 out of 77 cases studied. In a quarter the severity was underestimated and 11 percent of cases that developed in hospital could have been prevented.


    Read also the topic on Sepsis published on 13th Sept 2013

    http://www.tnmgc.com/discus/viewtopic.p … epsis#p315

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