Surving Sepsis: The Sepsis Six

(This applies to Category C patients)


The Sepsis Six represent a group of six simple tasks, which can be performed easily by non-specialist staff within the first hour of SEVERE sepsis developing.

 These tasks are the crucial first steps toward the completion of the Severe Sepsis Resuscitation Bundle.

Their application requires no specialist training, yet the Sepsis Six can have a major impact on whether or not the patient survives:


  • Give 100% oxygen *
  • Take blood cultures
  • Give IV antibiotics
  • Start IV fluid resuscitation
  • Check haemoglobin and lactate
  • Place urinary catheter and monitor accurate hourly urine output

*Use with caution in patients with COPD


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