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FOI 0590 Sepsis Waiting & Treatment Times 2019/20

Freedom of Information Request: 0590 2019/20

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) completed a merger by acquisition of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) on 1st April 2018.  Due to historical differences in data collection/reporting across UHB and the former Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust this response has been provided by hospital site.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB)

Please note that the following data is based on clinically confirmed cases of sepsis; the 2018 figures are lower than expected due to a change in recording diagnoses (alerts and confirmations) therefore our data for 2018 is incomplete.

There may also have been a general increase nationwide in sepsis awareness in 2018, leading to an increase in suspected cases.

  1. What percentage of patients with suspected sepsis were treated with antibiotics within one hour in       a) 2019 – 38.21%      b) 2018 – 0.23%

 

  1. Please provide the above figure as a raw number – what was the total number of patients with suspected sepsis who were treated with antibiotics within one hour in          a) 2019 – 1176       b) 2018 – 2

 

  1. What was the total number of patients with suspected sepsis who waited longer than an hour for antibiotics in       a) 2019 – 1902       b) 2018 – 859

 

  1. If possible, please state the longest delay for a patient with suspected sepsis before receiving antibiotics in        a) 2019              b) 2018

Due to the discrepancy between the potential sepsis alert time and its clinical confirmation it is not possible to answer Q4.

 

Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals (HGS)

We do not hold this information for these hospitals. Clinical systems at these hospitals cannot link patients diagnosed with sepsis to antibiotic treatment.

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