Temperature and neutropenic sepsis: translating complex ideas into patient care: GRiP
Aim: To translate knowledge about the early detection and treatment of neutropenic sepsis into patient care
Neutropenic sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of chemotherapy treatment. Patients who have a low level of neutrophils have an increased susceptibility to infections and are less able to fight them (Dunkley and Macleod 2014). Neutropenic patients who initially appear stable can quickly deteriorate and become critically ill (Held-Warmkessel 2011) and patients with any symptoms suggestive of neutropenic sepsis require urgent assessment and treatment (Okera et al 2011, NICE 2012). For most patients the onset of neutropenia occurs outside of the hospital setting so they need to be able to self-monitor and self-care (Methven 2010). This requires the provision of complex information in a way that equips patients to take on this responsibility and act on the advice they are given.
Project lead: Clare Warnock, Practice Development Sister, Weston Park Hospital (WPH), Specialist Cancer Services, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust