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Minister welcomes international recognition for sepsis guideline

The sepsis guidelines were recommended by HIQA following the tragic death of Ms Savita Halappanavar.

Minster for Health Leo Varadkar today welcomed the news and “congratulated” the Department of Health’s National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC).

“Sepsis is the tenth leading cause of death worldwide and needs to be recognised and treated at the earliest possible stage,” said Minister Varadkar.

“This guideline is an important tool for clinicians which helps them to recognise sepsis early and provide appropriate treatment.

“In many cases a timely intervention can mean the difference between life and death. This recognition by NICE is an important benchmark for Ireland’s National Clinical Effectiveness Committee and I congratulate everyone involved.”

Minister Varadkar launched the guidelines last November 2014.

The sepsis guideline is the first Irish guideline to be accredited by NICE.

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