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Safety culture fund improves sepsis care in Milton Keynes

One of the six projects which secured funding from our 2018 Safety Culture Fund has led to real improvements in the treatment of patients with sepsis.

Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) has improved sepsis-related handover and treatment time in its emergency department (ED). The average handover time from ambulance to ED nurse was cut from eight minutes to just over five minutes. The average antibiotic administration time* fell by more than half from 23 minutes to just over ten minutes.

The Oxford PSC Safety Culture Fund initiative invited bids from NHS staff across the region of up to £500 each for patient safety projects with a safety culture focus. Six projects including the Milton Keynes one were successful.

The initial MK proposal was for whiteboards, but after testing it became clear that they would be a backward step for a department already using electronic patient recording.

MK sepsis montage image

Staff suggested cards to attach to their lanyards to prompt and raise awareness of sepsis and NEWS2 and linking with the Learning from Excellence reporting system.

The project also funded ‘I Drive Away Sepsis’ badges for staff members who demonstrated excellence in sepsis management. (‘Drive Away Sepsis’ is the name of the MKUH’s sepsis campaign.)

Project Lead Anna O’Neill, Sepsis Sister and Clinical QI Practitioner, said: “The Oxford PSC Safety Culture Fund gave us the opportunity to try out this initiative. Although the project didn’t go quite as planned, the positive learning from excellence approach and engaging with all stakeholders has been key to the success of this project.”

  • See the full project report here
  • Find out more about our regional sepsis work here

* admission to injection time for patients with ‘red flag’ sepsis