A HEARTBROKEN woman who lost her sister to the killer infection sepsis will help to lead a training session at Basildon Hospital after a twoyear battle for justice.
Kay Dejan, 44, from Chafford Hundred, died of blood poisoning after routine surgery to a broken knee.
She was taken to A&E at Basildon Hospital after a fall, had an operation the next day and returned home two days later with her leg in plaster.
Ten days later, her family rushed her back to the hospital after she began looking unwell.
Hours later, she died of sepsis, which needs to be detected early.
Her sister Clare Jupp, 42, refused to give up on her quest for answers and at her latest meeting with hospital chief executive Clare Panniker she secured an agreement the trust would begin working closely alongside the UK Sepsis Trust.
Trust chairman Dr Ron Daniels is now set to visit Basildon Hospital to deliver a training package to doctors and nurses, which will raise awareness about sepsis and improve future patient outcomes.
Mrs Jupp said: “I am very pleased and honoured to join Dr Daniels at Basildon for the November Symposium event. It will be a brilliant opportunity for sepsis to be brought to the top of the health agenda and to the front of people’s minds. It also shows that Clare Panniker and the new board of directors are committed to driving improvement at the hospital. My sister’s legacy will hopefully be to improve sepsis awareness and outcomes for sepsis patents. Saving lives is now my key priority.”
Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. It kills 37,000 people in the UK each year.
A spokeswoman for Basildon Hospital said: “We welcome the opportunity to work with Dr Ron Daniels, chairman of the UK Sepsis Trust, and Clare Jupp to improve our clinical practice.
“Learning from the experience of patients and their families helps us to further improve the care we deliver.”