Aussie hospitals gaining ground against fatal sepsis

A REPORT released Monday shows hospitals are better dealing with sepsis, a potentially fatal condition.

Research published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows an intervention program, Sepsis Kills, has helped hospital departments speed up the treatment of sepsis.

The program was introduced into NSW emergency departments from 2011 and research shows the proportion of patients receiving antibiotics within an hour of triage increased from 29% in 2009-11, to 52% in 2013.

"By focusing on the principles of Recognise, Resuscitate, Refer, it is possible to reduce the time it takes to start antibiotics and fluid resuscitation," the researchers, including Mary Fullick and Mary-Louise McLaws, wrote.

The research also showed there was a decrease in mortality rates from sepsis, falling from 19% in 2009-11 to 14% in 2013.

There were also declines in time in intensive care.