NEAS paramedics invited to Australian conference following work on killer condition
Early identification vital in tackling deadly blood disease.
Two NEAS paramedics have been invited to address an
international audience in Australia - following their work in
tackling one of the biggest killers in the world.
Sepsis is a blood disease which kills more than 37,000 people
every year in the UK.
Graham McClelland and Paul Younger (centre and left in
photo) measured the effects of a screening
tool which helps identify patients at risk of the
condition, while en-route to hospital.
The tool resulted in a dramatic rise in the number of patients
ambulance crews could identify as being potential sepsis
The pair earned their invitation to speak at the Australasian
Paramedic Conference in Canberra, after picking up an award for
their research, named most likely to affect practice at an
emergency trauma event in Cardiff.
The Australian conference takes place in October, just
a month after World Sepsis Day.
While Graham and Paul were invited, Graham is unable to attend
due to other commitments.
Graham said: "This research and development highlights
the excellent work being done by front line ambulance crews here in
the North East in identifying patients with sepsis, or who are at
risk of sepsis.
"It's vital treatment begins as soon as possible. The
screening tool that NEAS have introduced has increased the amount
of patients identified at risk of sepsis with a 6 fold increase in
patients pre-alerted to hospitals in the region."
Sepsis claims over 37,000 lives in the United Kingdom annually-
more than lung cancer, and more than breast cancer and bowel cancer
Research shows that early recognition and intervention saves
lives - and may save as many as 15,000 lives annually in the UK per
year. To achieve this improvement requires a partnership between
patients, the public, and the healthcare professions. This
partnership must start with heightened awareness and understanding
of the condition.
Data from the Sepsis Trust UK http://sepsistrust.org/