Improving outcomes for patients with sepsis is a major NHS priority. The condition, which annually costs the NHS an estimated £2.5 billion, claims at least 44,000 lives in the UK each year. Around 14,000 of these deaths are preventable.

Despite concerted efforts to accelerate the identification and treatment of patients with sepsis, County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust recognised it needed to do more to help its clinical teams drive quality improvement in this area of high NHS priority.

The subsequent deployment of mobile technology to help expedite diagnosis and escalate treatment pathways has transformed sepsis care across the integrated organisation. County Durham & Darlington is now among the best performing trusts in England in its identification and treatment of patients with sepsis.

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