Can assessment of parental concern improve sepsis recognition in children?

Grant ID: EMJS-327R31-2019-HARLEY

Lay Summary

Sepsis is devastating infection, leading to organ dysfunction. Sepsis kills more children in Australia than road traffic accidents. One out of three survivors will suffer from long-term health problems. Faster recognition of sepsis can save lives. However, recognising sepsis in children can be difficult, as children with sepsis initially present with symptoms similar to common infections. Currently, the recognition of sepsis is based on physician assessment of patients, and laboratory tests. Sadly, a common finding in Coroner`s investigations of sepsis deaths is that parents represented several times to health-care facilities, stating their concerns that “something is wrong” with their child. There is at present great debate as to what role parental concern should have in sepsis recognition.

We hypothesise that parents as experts of their child provide important information to recognise disease severity in their child. We will perform questionnaires with parents, and with medical and nursing staff when a child is evaluated for sepsis. We will compare the value of measuring parental concern in comparison to healthcare worker assessment, clinical signs and symptoms, and routine infection markers.


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Amount Awarded
$39,685


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Active


Principal Investigator:
Amanda Harley


Co Investigators:
A/Prof Luregn Schlapbach
Dr Shane George
Dr Christa Bell
Dr Paula Lister
Dr Megan King


Associate Investigators:
A/Prof Kristen Gibbons


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