Suspicion of sepsis insights dashboard


A case study describing action by Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) through the patient safety collaborative (PSC) to develop a suspicion of sepsis insights dashboard.

What is the suspicion of sepsis insights dashboard?

The dashboard, created by ICHP through the PSC and in collaboration with NHS Improvement and NHS England, records the number of patients admitted to hospital as an emergency with a severe bacterial infection categorised as ‘suspicion of sepsis’. It builds on the methodology for measuring sepsis published by Oxford AHSN and Oxford PSC, with input from local clinicians and international experts.

This tool gives serious infections a defined category that all NHS organisations will use to identify patients who should be screened for sepsis, and gives clinicians the most accurate picture yet for how many people are at risk of developing sepsis. It can be accessed by clinicians, managers, data analysts and researchers. The tool helps spot whether sepsis interventions are having an impact on patients locally, regionally and nationally.

By showing the numbers of admissions, rates of survival, and lengths of stay it gives clinicians the clearest information yet of which infections can cause patients to deteriorate quickly, and which treatments save most lives.

What the PSC did

The dashboard was piloted across 12 PSC regions – an example of PSCs collaborating to trial innovative approaches to tackling national patient safety issues – and the PSC is now working with clinicians from primary, secondary and tertiary care in at least four trusts in North West London to spread its use. 


As the dashboard was only launched on 27 September 2018, it is too early  to measure impact. ICHP PSC will be measuring the number of trusts and PSCs adopting the dashboard. 

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