Sepsis claims 52,000 lives per year (The UK Sepsis Trust) and because of the rapid onset of the condition, it can be difficult to diagnose.

Sepsis has many signs and symptoms, some of which can be: 

  • Altered mental state
  • Malaise
  • Shivering
  • Muscle pain
  • Failure to pass urine in the previous 18 hours
  • Increased heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Breathlessness and increased breathing.

Dental practices should be prepared to deal with potential cases of sepsis. There should be systems and processes in place to manage and prevent potential cases of sepsis. The dental team should be trained in recognising sepsis.

The CQC has added their expectations of how dental practices should be prepared to deal with potential cases of sepsis to their myth-busters section on their website.

The CQC will look at how practices deal with patients presenting with a dental infection that progresses to sepsis under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 12, which states that patients should receive ‘safe care and treatment.’

The NICE guidance on sepsis was implemented in July 2016 and is summarised during the CPD course.

About the course

This online, verifiable CPD course for dental professionals will help you understand your obligations in relation to recognising the life-threatening symptoms of sepsis, and you will understand how to apply this obligated duty into your day to day work.

The course covers the following

  • What sepsis is and who is at risk?
  • CQC, GDC & NICE guidelines and expectations
  • Out of hours arrangements
  • Severe pericoronitis protocols
  • Warning signs of sepsis
  • Clinical notes and good record keeping
  • Sepsis and dentistry
  • Reducing the risk of sepsis
  • Prevention of sepsis advice to patients and dentists
  • Factors that increase sepsis after dental treatment
  • Practice procedures, protocols and paperwork

The FREE, online, verifiable course is suitable for the whole dental team and will provide 1 hour of verifiable CPD.