Filter resources by focus area and profession

If you're working in one of the NHS England Patient Safety Collaboratives, we've tagged all of our resources according to the designated focus areas. We've also identified which resources we think are specifically useful to certain professions.

  • Healthcare Management Review

    An observational study from the USA which examined the impact of high-performance work practices on interventions to reduce central line associated bloodstream infections.

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    Philip Banfield, Catherine Roberts, Glan Clwyd Hospital North Wales, The Health Foundation

    This discussion paper considers how to detect maternal deterioration during both the antenatal and peripartum periods. It discusses the use and validity of early warning scores, the challenges of altered physiological parameters in pregnancy and the extension of the Sepsis Six care bundle used in non-maternity settings to the Sepsis Six Plus Two which can be applied in maternity care. 

  • Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists

    This guideline covers the recognition and management of serious bacterial illness in the antenatal and intrapartum periods and its management in secondary care.

  • Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists

    This guideline provides guidance for clinicians in the management of sepsis in the puerperium (sepsis developing after birth until 6 weeks postnatally).

  • Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists

    This guideline provides clinicians with evidence-based information on the diagnosis and treatment of malaria in pregnancy in situations likely to be encountered in UK medical practice.

  • Sepsis Alliance

    A resource for patients who have had sepsis to help find support from other patients who have gone through similar experiences. This resource can also be used as an information source for patients concerned about sepsis during pregnancy.

  • Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol

    Sepsis is a major cause of maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. In the UK, sepsis is now the leading cause of direct maternal deaths. Raising awareness among healthcare professionals about the risks of maternal sepsis and the importance of early management is urgently needed.

  • Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

    This report summarises the findings of investigations into ten deaths from sepsis which have deemed to be avoidable. It highlights clinical and organisational issues in detail which contributed to the failure of care in each of the ten deaths. The report then goes on to discuss themes across all of these deaths and sets out recommendations and quality standards for safe sepsis care.

  • The UK Sepsis Trust

    This series of videos from the UK Sepsis Trust includes information for patients about sepsis awareness, a video for healthcare professionals about early recognition of sepsis, details of the Sepsis Six intervention bundle, stories from patients who have experienced sepsis and others. They represent a rapid way to highlight the importance of quality care for sepsis and brief educational interventions.

  • International Journal of Health Geographics

    This article presents a review of deaths from sepsis in adults across the United States, identifying a cluster of states with higher mortality. They noted that mortality did not vary according to age and sex but was higher amongst African Americans and potentially correlates with higher obesity rates in the area with higher mortality from sepsis.

  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology

    Sepsis has overtaken VTE as the leading cause of mortality in women in or after pregnancy in the UK. Symptoms of sepsis may be less distinctive than in the non-pregnant population and therefore a high index of suspicion is necessary.

  • Clinical Excellence Commission

    The SEPSIS KILLS program aims to reduce preventable harm to patients through improved recognition and management of severe infection and sepsis in emergency departments and inpatient wards throughout New South Wales.

  • Intensive Care Chapter of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP)

    Sepsis is a commonly encountered problem and a major cause of mortality in 80% of children worldwide. Previously published pediatric sepsis guidelines were mostly applicable to developed countries; a perceived need for simple guidelines particularly applicable to resource-limited countries inspired the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) Intensive Care Chapter to formulate such guidelines.

  • The Institute for Healthcare Improvement

    The IHI Severe Sepsis Bundles contain elements drawn from the International Guidelines for Management of Severe Sepsis and represent packages of care to be delivered for all patients presenting with severe sepsis or septic shock.

  • Surviving sepsis campaign

    Severe sepsis and septic shock are major healthcare problems, affecting millions of people around the world each year, killing one in four (and often more), and increasing in incidence. 

  • The College of Emergency Medicine, UK Sepsis Trust

    This clinical toolkit has been developed jointly by the College of Emergency Medicine and the UK Sepsis Trust. It is designed to provide operational solutions to the complexities challenging the reliable identification and management of sepsis.

  • QSEN Institute

    This series of videos presents the powerful and tragic story of Lewis Blackman, who died in hospital following routine surgery, as told by his mother, Helen Haskell. The story is structured in five parts to facilitate learning and teaching, and each video comes with a selection of suggested questions to guide discussions or teaching plans.