Neutropaenic Sepsis

The topic of neutropaenic sepsis was central to one of the SEAs we covered today at the half-day release session.  For those trainees who would like to read and learn a bit more about this potentially fatal condition I have attached the following links.


Although NICE guidance on the condition with regards management in Primary Care is limited to just four lines the advice is quite succinct and easy to follow:


“suspect neutropaenic sepsis in patients having anticancer treatment who become unwell…refer immediately for assessment in secondary or tertiary care.”


The Map of Medicine pathway highlights clinical signs that patients with neutropaenic sepsis may present with and once again stresses the importance of immediate referral to hospital.  Finally, the following YouTube clip (North West London Cancer Network) offers a patient’s first hand experience of neutropaenic sepsis and other good clinical advice.