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The documented number of sepsis associated hospital deaths has fallen by 30 per cent over the past five years, which is a 20 per cent decrease in mortality since the NCEC National Clinical Guideline on sepsis was published in 2014.

The HSE confirmed the decline of the condition, which can lead to organ malfunction and failure, on Tuesday at the launch of the 2016 National Sepsis Report.

Speaking at the HSE Fourth National Sepsis Summit, Dr Vida Hamilton, HSE National Clinical Lead for Sepsis, credited the Hospital Sepsis Committees, Sepsis Assistant Directors of Nursing, sepsis nurses, paramedics, and the willingness of clinicians to embrace necessary change for this improvement in coping with the life-threatening condition.

Last year, there were over 14,000 cases of sepsis nationally documented, a 67 per cent increase in cases compared with 2015.

However, Dr Hamilton stressed that the rise in reported cases was due to greater vigilance, education, awareness and management.

“We have set out to support our clinicians in recognising and diagnosing sepsis early and the data published today clearly illustrates that this is happening.  This data also provides an evidence base to update the sepsis forms so that patients with a high risk of mortality from sepsis can be identified and receive escalated care”.

Since 2016, every Irish hospital and hospital system has been equipped with a Sepsis Quality Improvement Initiative, which has been shown to be associated with an approximately one third decrease in mortality.