Information for healthcare services - Sepsis Clinical Care Standard

Information for healthcare services to guide practice and monitor improvement using the clinical care standard, and resources to support implementation.

The quality statements in the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard describe the expected standard for key components of patient care. The information below explains what each statement means for healthcare services including the policies, procedures and organisational factors that can enable the delivery of high-quality care. Key considerations in regard to cultural safety and equity are also included for several statements.

Indicators are available to help health service organisations monitor how well they are implementing the care recommended in the clinical care standard.

Quality statements

Communications resources

communications kit has been developed to support the launch of the Clinical Care Standard. Show your support for the clinical care standard by downloading and sharing the content on your website, social networks or within your health service organisation.

Resources for healthcare services

The resources below will support healthcare services to implement the Sepsis Clinical Care standard.

Other implementation resources are also available including guidance for clinicians on lactate in the deteriorating patient, and resources for consumers. Educational tools including case studies and podcasts are also available, as well as links to state and territory pathways and other related resources from the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard.

Meeting the requirements of national standards and accreditation

Implementing this clinical care standard as part of a quality improvement activity can help healthcare services meet the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards, and the National Safety and Quality Primary and Community Healthcare Standards (Primary and Community Healthcare Standards).

Within both sets of standards, the Clinical Governance Standard and the Partnering with Consumers Standard set the overarching requirements, or clinical governance framework, for the effective implementation of the other standards.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Implementation of the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard aligns with specific actions in the NSQHS Standards. In addition, some of the care described in this clinical care standard will help healthcare services to meet requirements of the NSQHS Standards.

Relevant actions

Under the Clinical Governance Standard, healthcare services are expected to:

  • Support clinicians to use the best available evidence, including clinical care standards (Action 1.27b)
  • Monitor and respond to unwarranted clinical variation (Action 1.28).

Specific actions within the NSQHS Standards that are relevant to this clinical care standard include:

  • Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard
    • Standard and transmission-based precautions: Actions 3.06, 3.07, 3.08 and 3.09
    • Antimicrobial stewardship: Actions 3.18 and 3.19
  • Comprehensive Care Standard
    • Collaboration and teamwork: Action 5.05
    • Screening of risk: Action 5.10
  • Communicating for Safety Standard
    • Applying quality improvement systems: Action 6.02
    • Clinical handover: Actions 6.07 and 6.08
    • Communicating critical information: Actions 6.09 and 6.10
    • Documentation of information: Action 6.11
  • Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Standard
    • Integrating clinical governance: Action 8.01
    • Escalating care: Actions 8.06, 8.07, 8.08 and 8.09
    • Responding to deterioration: Actions 8.10 and 8.11.

Healthcare services are expected to implement the NSQHS Standards in a way that is appropriate to the clinical services provided and their associated risks.

For more information about:

National Safety and Quality Primary and Community Healthcare Standards

The Primary and Community Healthcare Standards are aligned to the NSQHS Standards.

Relevant actions

Under the Clinical Governance Standard, healthcare services are expected to:

  • Support healthcare providers to use best-practice guidelines and available evidence, including clinical care standards (such as the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard), where relevant: Action 1.20b
  • Monitor and respond to unwarranted clinical variation: Action 1.21.

Specific actions that are relevant to this clinical care standard include:

  • Antimicrobial stewardship: Action 3.14
  • Recognising serious deterioration or distress and escalating care: Action 3.31.

Application of the Primary and Community Healthcare Standards is voluntary. They should only be applied where services are involved in the direct care of patients. The way in which an individual primary and/or community healthcare service implements the Primary and Community Healthcare Standards will be dependent on the size of the healthcare service, as well as the risks and complexity associated with the services it delivers.

More information about the Primary and Community Healthcare Standards is available at the Primary and Community Health Service Standards webpage.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Implementation of the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard aligns with specific actions in the NSQHS Standards. In addition, some of the care described in this clinical care standard will help healthcare services to meet requirements of the NSQHS Standards.

Relevant actions

Under the Clinical Governance Standard, healthcare services are expected to:

  • Support clinicians to use the best available evidence, including clinical care standards (Action 1.27b)
  • Monitor and respond to unwarranted clinical variation (Action 1.28).

Specific actions within the NSQHS Standards that are relevant to this clinical care standard include:

  • Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard
    • Standard and transmission-based precautions: Actions 3.06, 3.07, 3.08 and 3.09
    • Antimicrobial stewardship: Actions 3.18 and 3.19
  • Comprehensive Care Standard
    • Collaboration and teamwork: Action 5.05
    • Screening of risk: Action 5.10
  • Communicating for Safety Standard
    • Applying quality improvement systems: Action 6.02
    • Clinical handover: Actions 6.07 and 6.08
    • Communicating critical information: Actions 6.09 and 6.10
    • Documentation of information: Action 6.11
  • Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Standard
    • Integrating clinical governance: Action 8.01
    • Escalating care: Actions 8.06, 8.07, 8.08 and 8.09
    • Responding to deterioration: Actions 8.10 and 8.11.

Healthcare services are expected to implement the NSQHS Standards in a way that is appropriate to the clinical services provided and their associated risks.

For more information about:

National Safety and Quality Primary and Community Healthcare Standards

The Primary and Community Healthcare Standards are aligned to the NSQHS Standards.

Relevant actions

Under the Clinical Governance Standard, healthcare services are expected to:

  • Support healthcare providers to use best-practice guidelines and available evidence, including clinical care standards (such as the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard), where relevant: Action 1.20b
  • Monitor and respond to unwarranted clinical variation: Action 1.21.

Specific actions that are relevant to this clinical care standard include:

  • Antimicrobial stewardship: Action 3.14
  • Recognising serious deterioration or distress and escalating care: Action 3.31.

Application of the Primary and Community Healthcare Standards is voluntary. They should only be applied where services are involved in the direct care of patients. The way in which an individual primary and/or community healthcare service implements the Primary and Community Healthcare Standards will be dependent on the size of the healthcare service, as well as the risks and complexity associated with the services it delivers.

More information about the Primary and Community Healthcare Standards is available at the Primary and Community Health Service Standards webpage.