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Can you identify a sepsis symptom?

A new nursing research project at Royal Perth Hospital is aiming to help more patients spot the signs of this life-threatening condition which accounted for 19.7% of all global deaths in 2017.

RPH Emergency Department Nurse Jonathon ‘Jono’ Burcham received the Doreen McCarthy Nursing Research Grant ($20,000) to study the level of sepsis awareness in patients attending ED.

The Doreen McCarthy Nursing Research Grant  is a jointly funded initiative between the RPH Nursing Research Foundation and the RPH Research Foundation.

Jono’s project will explore how to maximise patients’ retention of vital health information about sepsis.

Signs and symptoms of sepsis include:

  • rapid breathing.
  • rapid heart rate.
  • confusion, slurred speech or disorientation.
  • fever or shivering.
  • muscle pain.
  • not passing urine.
  • discoloured skin.

Congratulations Jono, we look forward to hearing about your research findings!