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Departmental Expenditure

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 8 February 2022

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Questions (596)

Paul McAuliffe


596. Deputy Paul McAuliffe asked the Minister for Health the amount that was spent on sepsis awareness campaigning in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5819/22]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

This matter relates to the work of the HSE National Sepsis Programme which was established in 2014. The HSE has advised that several senior nurses and a National Clinical Lead for Sepsis have been appointed to coordinate and drive the work of the programme. Placing a focus on sepsis awareness, and promotion of early recognition of sepsis are key elements of the programme. While the initial priority was on raising awareness among healthcare staff, the focus has since moved to raising awareness in the community. To support this, several patient focused resources (including patient information leaflets, booklets, and posters) have been developed, along with educational and clinical management resources for healthcare staff. These are available on the HSE website under the webpages of the National Sepsis Programme. The work of the programme also supports the use and implementation of guidelines and resources, such as the NCEC National Clinical Guideline No. 26: Sepsis Management for Adults (including maternity) and the International Guidelines for the Management of Septic Shock & Sepsis-Associated Organ Dysfunction in Children (SSCGC).

As this Parliamentary Question also relates to service delivery it is an operational matter for the HSE and has been referred directly to the HSE for reply.