Barriers to implementing the Sepsis Six guidelines in an acute hospital setting

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Breen, SJ and Rees, SM (2018). Barriers to implementing the Sepsis Six guidelines in an acute hospital setting. British Journal of Nursing. 27 (9), pp. 473-478. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2018.27.9.473
AuthorsBreen, SJ and Rees, SM
Abstract

© 2018 MA Healthcare Ltd. Aim: to identify the barriers to implementation of the Sepsis Six pathway. Background: research has suggested that compliance with the Sepsis Six pathway remains low. Methods: a convenience sample of doctors and nurses from one emergency department, two medical wards and two surgical wards were asked to complete a survey questionnaire. Results: data from 108 respondents were available for analysis. Doctors and nurses agreed that lack of sepsis recognition during observation rounds and failure to associate sepsis with deranged temperature and blood results acted as barriers to the identification of sepsis. Doctors and nurses agreed that nursing delays and knowledge deficits were the top barriers leading to delay in sepsis treatment. Conclusion: knowledge deficits, lack of resources and practical issues were barriers identified in this survey. This will inform the educational and process needs of both doctors and nurses in order to improve sepsis care.

Keywords1110 Nursing; Barriers; Compliance; Doctors; Guidelines; Nurses; Sepsis; Sepsis Six
Year2018
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Journal citation27 (9), pp. 473-478
PublisherMark Allen Healthcare
ISSN0966-0461
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2018.27.9.473
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Accepted01 Apr 2018
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