Sad indeed, BBC Scotland, but is sepsis common, increasing or reducing, in ‘top of the pillar Scotland?’

Typically BBC Reporting Scotland tells us a tale of a supposed health problem under SNP-rule which, based on one case and no facts, is a wider problem which can then be laid at Humza’s door.

My headline questions, relevant for any real news story, even one by a 1st Year student, are not addressed. Lots of personalisation but no context would be an undergraduate fail. We just hear:

An Edinburgh mum whose young son fell seriously ill after contracting sepsis is backing a campaign to raise awareness about the condition.

Corey King was 18 months old when he became ill and turned grey on boxing day last year.

He spent 27 days in hospital including two weeks in the paediatric ICU before being discharged in January 2022.

Now, his mum Aimee is encouraging other families to be aware of the signs of sepsis and how quickly it can progress.

The context necessary to answer the questions we all need to hear? See this:

While deaths caused by sepsis have fallen by 21% since 2012, thanks in part to the work of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, it is still vital that people are aware of this potentially fatal condition.

What’s the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and how good is it?

In January 2022:

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP), introduced by the SNP Scottish Government in 2007, has been praised by a leading European expert on patient safety.

In Westminster’s Health Committee, Dr Pelle Gustafson, CMO at Swedish Patient Insurer, responded with “Scotland”, when he was asked which country he would hold at the very top pillar with regards to patient safety

Dr Gustfason said: “If you take all preventative work in regard to patient safety, I would say Scotland, I am personally very impressed with Scotland. I think in Scotland you have a long tradition of working, you have a development in the right direction and you also have a system which is fairly equal all over the place. You have improvement activities going on. So I am very impressed by Scotland”.

Does the above context matter to the BBC?

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5 thoughts on “Sad indeed, BBC Scotland, but is sepsis common, increasing or reducing, in ‘top of the pillar Scotland?’

  1. Really ? January 2022 ?
    Where was BBC Scotland focussed in January, a quick Google reveals Corey King’s mum was not of the slightest interest, they had bigger “impartial” fish to fry.
    Yet roll forward a full 8 months, “Now, his mum Aimee is encouraging other families to be aware of the signs…”
    The look at the very last paragraph ” “Focusing on early identification is critical and treatment within one hour of recognition has led to mortality rates among those identified at this stage falling by 21% since 2012.” ”
    Methinks Aimee is but a pawn in game of HMS James Cook, paraphrasing Mongo….

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  2. The Scottish Government has been supporting campaigns to address the dangers of sepsis for many years.

    From the Scottish Government website (27 September 2017): ‘Health Secretary launches new campaign: A new Scotland-wide awareness-raising campaign on the dangers of sepsis has been announced by Health Secretary Shona Robison. Health Secretary Shona Robison made the announcement following a meeting with the sepsis awareness charity Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust (FEAT).

    ‘The campaign will raise awareness amongst Scots of the often-silent symptoms of the condition, …. It will also complement the work already being done by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) through the Scottish Patient Safety Programme to raise awareness both among clinical practitioners and clinicians.

    ‘Craig Stobo from FEAT added: “FEAT welcomes today’s meeting and the announcement by the Health Secretary of the national sepsis awareness campaign for Scotland. This will help raise people’s awareness of this major public health issue, save lives and improve patients’ outcomes.

    “This is just the beginning of a long road ahead. We look forward to working further with the Scottish Government to consolidate the recent, welcome fall in deaths from sepsis; with a focus on continuous improvement to ensure there is safe, consistent care for all sepsis patients across Scotland.”

    From the Scottish Government website (18 April 2019): Raising awareness of sepsis – New campaign focuses on spotting the early signs: ‘The five early signs of sepsis are to be highlighted in a new campaign to help raise public awareness of this potentially fatal condition. ….’

    ‘The first sepsis awareness campaign launched in February 2018. The new campaign aims to build on this while increasing public knowledge of the early warning signs. It complements the work carried out by Healthcare Improvement Scotland through the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, which since 2012 has supported clinicians and clinical practitioners to improve recognition of the signs of sepsis and better equip them to deal with it.

    ‘Craig Stobo, who founded Sepsis Research … said: “Sepsis Research is delighted to be supporting the Scottish Government’s Sepsis Awareness Campaign. This focused effort to encourage people to recognise the symptoms of this potentially fatal illness will save lives.

    “… and we congratulate the Scottish Government on taking this initiative.”

    Colin Graham, chief operating officer of Sepsis Research (FEAT): said: “This is a very important campaign by the Scottish Government and we urge everyone in the medical profession and the wider public to pick up on the life-saving messages it contains.”

    In short, the SG has been working in concert with sepsis charities for years and continues to do so. NHS Scotland has also been leading clinical responses to the dangers of sepsis for even longer.

    It literally took 5-10 minutes using Google to unearth this information: why does BBC Scotland omit or underplay such positive background?

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    1. Yes we have a leaflet which is kept with meds about Sepsis. It seems a really difficult health risk to identify in time. I would like to see first aid and such things included in the school curriculum, (it seems crazy not to include it) which would also raise awareness of Sepsis and other difficult to recognise and diagnose health issues and emergencies.


    2. Re, your last sentence, the BBC would much rather report people dying, for their SNP bad agenda, than report anything informative or good about the Scottish governments’ work.
      As we know, the Tories own and control the BBC, it’s not independent of the English government though they make the people pay for it via the ‘licence’. A canny lot the Tories aren’t they.

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