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Paediatric sepsis, the under-recognised killer: quality improvement initiative of outreach teaching in paediatric sepsis
  1. Claire Elizabeth Stewart1,
  2. Trisha Radia2,
  3. Kazim Ghafoor3
  1. 1 Paediatric A&E, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 PICU, King’s College Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3 Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medical Education, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Claire Elizabeth Stewart, Paediatric A&E, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London SW10 9NH, UK; claire.stewart{at}


Sepsis is the leading cause of child’s death, yet it is well known that the rapid initiation of simple, timely interventions reduces morbidity and mortality. This paper shares our findings on the barriers doctors in training have identified to delivering such care. We also share the results of a pilot paediatric intensive care unit outreach teaching programme designed to directly address these highlighted concerns.

  • Sepsis
  • Medical Education
  • Quality Improvement

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  • Contributors CES and TR designed and taught the outreach session, carried out the data collection and interpreted the results. CES, TR and KG drafted the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval As this study did not involve patients, ethical approval or informed consent was not required. This study has been registered as a service evaluation project at King’s College Hospital.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement Original survey and feedback reports available on request.