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Posted 12 July 2019
by Stuart Bramley

Investigation reveals that sepsis patients were not being treated correctly

hand on drip in hospital

A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley previously found that patients with sepsis were not being looked after correctly, and were investigating 54 deaths that occurred between December 2017 and June 2018. Dudley Group NHS Trust received a follow-up inspection this year and it was still found that patients with sepsis were not being treated correctly.

With reference to this Daily Mail article, infection specialist Stuart Bramley writes -“The surprising thing about this is not that one hospital is not taking sepsis seriously, but that the article focuses on only one.

Both Press reports and my firm’s own experience suggest that the NHS approach to infection is questionable across the country. The very fact that the Health Service needed to roll out a sepsis initiative, which the clinicians at Russells Hall Hospital are said to have found ‘frustrating’, illustrates that this is not a medical problem given sufficient priority. The incidence in England and Wales is still far too high, and although I do not know how many of the 54 patients who died at Dudley would still have lost their lives even if every possible intervention had been taken in good time, the CQC criticism suggests that a number of these fatalities were avoidable. My own clients who have lost a family member to this dreadful infection know full well what it is like to suffer an avoidable bereavement and I do hope the Russells Hall managers and clinicians treat this report as seriously as it deserves”.

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About the author

Stuart Bramley

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor with over 25 years' experience of medical claims and inquests