The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare has recently developed the Sepsis Clinical Care standard for patients hospitalised with sepsis.
Patients with sepsis have a high risk of hospital readmission – around 40% of adult sepsis survivors are readmitted to hospital within three months of discharge. Post-sepsis syndrome (PSS) is a series of symptoms that are common but under-recognised by clinicians.
Discharge planning guide for patient with sepsis is a resource designed for healthcare services and clinicians. The principles apply whether the patient is being discharged to their place of residence or to another healthcare service. Discharge planning for sepsis patients can support the management of new and persisting physical, cognitive and mental health issues, and enhance patient recovery. Page 4 of this resource describes PSS signs and symptoms along with recommended actions to improve discharge planning and support patients and their families after hospitalisation with sepsis.