The Sepsis Collaborative team are receiving a helping hand from Waitrose in its plans to improve the care and outcome of our patients who have sepsis.
The Canterbury store are featuring the team as a 'Community Matters' partner for the entire month of April.
The Sepsis Collaborative began in 2015. Sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. Normally our immune system fights infection – but sometimes, for reasons we don’t yet understand, it attacks our body’s own organs and tissues. If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.
The teams' achievements include developing and rolling out screening and management tools in emergency department wards, paediatrics and maternity. They are now consistently screening and delivering antibiotics within the golden hour in the emergency departments and are recognising patients earlier and, either preventing intensive care admission or, if they need to be admitted, they have been diagnosed earlier.
They have seen mortality rates drop due to sepsis and the team’s work has been such a success they have been awarded a grant from the Health Foundation to build on their fantastic achievements.
At the end of a shop in branch, customers receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose & Partners branch donates £1,000 between 3 local good causes.
Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated over £30 million to good causes in store and online.