Information for consumers - Sepsis Clinical Care Standard

The Sepsis Clinical Care Standard describes the health care that should be provided to patients with signs and symptoms of sepsis. It also addresses the care that should be provided in hospital and after discharge, including survivorship.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to septic shock, failure of multiple organs, and death. Early recognition of sepsis and urgent treatment can save lives and prevent disability.

Sepsis is a serious illness that is very difficult to predict, diagnose, and treat. People who survive sepsis have an increased risk of complications and face higher healthcare costs and longer treatment.

It is important to know the signs of sepsis and if you are concerned, ask "Could it be sepsis?”

Over 80% of sepsis cases start in the community. This video provides information about sepsis, its signs and symptoms and potential health problems after sepsis. By raising awareness among the general public, health consumers can be empowered to speak up about sepsis. Just ask: Could it be sepsis?

What the standard means for you

The standard contains seven quality statements that describe the recommended care. You can use the information below to understand what the standard says and what this means for you.

Quality statements

Useful resources

Support services such as the Australian Sepsis Network provide information and assistance to people with sepsis and their families at all stages of treatment and recovery.

The following resources have been developed to support the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard and to provide information for people affected by sepsis and their families.